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Cross-Country Relative Price Volatility: Effects of Market Structure

  • Yin-Wong Cheung
  • Eiji Fujii

Using annual data on nine manufacturing sectors of eighteen OECD countries, the article studies the implications of market structure for cross-country relative price variability. It is found that, in accordance with predictions from a standard markup pricing model, reductions in market competition, along with increased nominal exchange rate volatility, are associated with greater variability of cross-country relative prices. The market structure also has similar effects on components of cross-country relative price variability. The empirical findings are robust to the inclusion of various control variables and alternative sample specifications.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 1456.

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Date of creation: 2005
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