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Regional Inflation Persistence: Evidence from Italy


  • Andrea Vaona

    () (Facoltà di Economia, Università di Lugano, Svizzera)

  • Guido Ascari

    () (Dipartimento di Economia e Metodi Quantitativi, Facoltà di Economia, Università di Pavia, Italia)


Regional patterns of inflation persistence have received attention only at a very coarse level of territorial disaggregation, that of EMU member states. However economic disparities within EMU member states are an equally important policy issue. This paper considers a country with a large regional divide, i.e., Italy, at a fine level of territorial disaggregation (NUTS3). Our results show that economically backward regions display greater inflation persistence. Moreover, we show that higher persistence is linked to a lower degree of competitiveness in the retail sector.

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  • Andrea Vaona & Guido Ascari, 2008. "Regional Inflation Persistence: Evidence from Italy," Quaderni della facoltà di Scienze economiche dell'Università di Lugano 0807, USI Università della Svizzera italiana.
  • Handle: RePEc:lug:wpaper:0807

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    inflation persistence; retail sector; regions.;

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    • E0 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General
    • E30 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - General (includes Measurement and Data)
    • R0 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General
    • R10 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - General

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