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Consumer price adjustment under the microscope: Germany in a period of low inflation

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  • Hoffmann, Johannes
  • Kurz-Kim, Jeong-Ryeol

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We analyse the adjustment of retail and services prices in a period of low inflation, using a set of individual price data from the German Consumer Price Index that covers the years 1998 to 2003. We strong find evidence of time- and statedependent price adjustment. Most importantly, the differences in "unconditional" sectoral price flexibility are found to be linked to input price volatility. JEL Classification: E31, D43, L11

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  • Hoffmann, Johannes & Kurz-Kim, Jeong-Ryeol, 2006. "Consumer price adjustment under the microscope: Germany in a period of low inflation," Working Paper Series 652, European Central Bank.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecb:ecbwps:2006652
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    Keywords

    consumer price index; Germany; price flexibility; price rigidity;
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    JEL classification:

    • D43 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Oligopoly and Other Forms of Market Imperfection
    • E31 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Price Level; Inflation; Deflation
    • L11 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Production, Pricing, and Market Structure; Size Distribution of Firms

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