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The Behavior of Nontradable Goods Prices in Europe; Evidence and Interpretation

  • Jose De Gregorio
  • Thomas Krueger
  • Alberto Giovannini

This paper examines the evolution of the relative price between tradable and nontradable goods in a group of European countries. A model of an open economy is used to analyze different factors that can account for an increase in the relative price of nontradable goods. These factors are: (a) faster technological progress in the tradable goods sector; (b) demand shifts toward nontradable goods; and (c) real wage pressures. The relevance of these factors is analyzed empirically for France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom.

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Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 93/45.

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Length: 62
Date of creation: 01 May 1993
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Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:93/45
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