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Menu Costs and Inflation Asymmetries Some Micro Data Evidence

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  • Peter Karadi

    () (New York University)

  • Adam Reiff

    () (Central Bank of Hungary)

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The paper explains the observed asymmetric inflation response to value-added tax (VAT) changes in Hungary by calibrating a standard sectoral menu cost model on a new micro-level CPI data set. The model is able to reproduce important moments of the data, and finds that the asymmetry can be explained by the interaction of menu costs, (sectoral) trend inflation and forward-looking firms, thereby it provides direct evidence to the argument of Ball and Mankiw (1994).

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  • Peter Karadi & Adam Reiff, 2007. "Menu Costs and Inflation Asymmetries Some Micro Data Evidence," IEHAS Discussion Papers 0706, Institute of Economics, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
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    1. Hobijn, Bart & Nechio, Fernanda, 2015. "Sticker shocks: using VAT changes to estimate upper-level elasticities of substitution," Working Paper Series 2015-17, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, revised Oct 2017.
    2. B. Verhelst & D. Van Den Poel, 2010. "Price rigidity in Europe and the US: A comparative analysis using scanner data," Working Papers of Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Ghent University, Belgium 10/684, Ghent University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration.
    3. Bart Hobijn & Fernanda Nechio, 2015. "Sticker Shocks: VAT changes and the substitution across expenditure categories," 2015 Meeting Papers 697, Society for Economic Dynamics.

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    Keywords

    Menu Cost; Inflation Asymmetry; Sectoral Heterogeneity; Value-Added Tax;

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    • E30 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - General (includes Measurement and Data)

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