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Cross-Country Relative Price Volatility: Effects of Market Structure


  • Yin-wong Cheung

    (University of California Santa Cruz)

  • Eiji Fujii

    (University of Tsukuba)


Using annual data on nine manufacturing sectors of eighteen OECD countries, the article studies the implications of market structure for cross-country relative price variability. It is found that, in accordance with predictions from a standard markup pricing model, reductions in market competition, along with increased nominal exchange rate volatility, are associated with greater variability of cross-country relative prices. The market structure also has similar effects on components of crosscountry relative price variability. The empirical findings are robust to the inclusion of various control variables and alternative sample specifications.

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  • Yin-wong Cheung & Eiji Fujii, 2005. "Cross-Country Relative Price Volatility: Effects of Market Structure," Working Papers 192005, Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research.
  • Handle: RePEc:hkm:wpaper:192005

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    Relative price volatility; market structure; price-cost margin; variance decomposition;

    JEL classification:

    • F31 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Exchange
    • F41 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Open Economy Macroeconomics

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