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Comparison of pricing behaviour of firms in the euro area and Estonia

  • Aurelijus Dabušinskas


  • Martti Randveer


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    In this paper, we review the price setting survey of Estonian firms and compare our findings with the results of similar research in the euro area summarized by Fabiani et al. (2005). Generally, the price setting patterns that emerge from our survey are quite similar to those in the euro zone. There is some evidence, however, that price setting may be somewhat more flexible in Estonia. The findings that suggest more price flexibility in Estonia are as follows: the incidence of time-dependent pricing is lower, the share of firms that are price takers is larger, price changes are more frequent, and, finally, the speed of price adjustments to shocks is higher

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    Paper provided by Bank of Estonia in its series Bank of Estonia Working Papers with number 2006-08.

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    Date of creation: 10 Dec 2006
    Date of revision: 10 Dec 2006
    Handle: RePEc:eea:boewps:wp2006-08
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