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Estimating Price Rigidities in the Russian Real Estate Markets

  • Konstantin Styrin

    ()

    (CEFIR)

  • Oleg Zamulin

    ()

    (New Economic School and CEFIR)

Behavior of apartment prices in the Russian cities following the ruble devaluation in August 1998 dffered markedly in different cities. In cities, where prices were denominated in dollars, they fell slowly over time. In cities, where apartments were priced in rubles, the dollarequivalents fell rapidly with the exchange rate, stayed low for two to three years, and then recovered rapidly when economy picked up. Such behavior is found to be consistent with a sticky-price model with backward-looking agents. Sticky information model finds less support. Finally, such behavior of prices is not consistent with forward-looking agents or exible prices.

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Paper provided by Center for Economic and Financial Research (CEFIR) in its series Working Papers with number w0026.

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Length: 13 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2003
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Handle: RePEc:cfr:cefirw:w0026
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