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Sticky prices: new evidence from retail catalogs

  • Anil K. Kashyap

This paper presents new results on the size, frequency, and synchronization of price changes for twelve selected retail goods over the past thirty-five years. Three basic facts about the data are uncovered. First, nominal prices are typically fixed for more than one year, although the time between changes is very irregular. Second, prices change more often during periods of high overall inflation. Third, when prices do change, the sizes of the changes are widely dispersed. Both 'large' and 'small' changes occur for the same item and the sizes of these changes do not closely depend on overall inflation. Copyright 1995, the President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Paper provided by Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in its series Working Paper Series, Macroeconomic Issues with number 91-26.

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Date of creation: 1991
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Handle: RePEc:fip:fedhma:91-26
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