Attractive Prices and Euro-Rounding Effects on Inflation
Approximately 70% of Belgian consumer prices are to be considered as attractive prices, namely psychological prices, fractional prices - i.e. prices which are convenient to pay - and round prices. Conversion to these prices into euro generally leads to prices which are no longer attractive and it is very likely that retailers will round their prices to attractive euro prices. The public fears that rouding will be upward than symmetric. This paper simulates in the first instancea worst-case scenario, whereby all attractive BEF prices are systematically rounded up to the nearest attractive euro price.
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