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Regional inflation and industrial structure in monetary union

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It is often argued that an optimal currency area requires homogeneous regional inflation. However, previous empirical studies point out heterogeneity in sectoral inflation and geographical concentration of industries within a monetary union. It follows that there must be a difference in regional inflation in such a union. We examine this view using regional data from Japan which has experienced a period of rapid change in industrial structure, and show that economic structure is closely related to heterogeneous regional inflation. This study suggests that heterogeneous inflation can be a prevailing and long-lasting phenomenon in a monetary union.

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  • Nagayasu, Jun, 2012. "Regional inflation and industrial structure in monetary union," MPRA Paper 37310, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    1. Angelos Liontakis & Dimitris Kremmydas, 2013. "Food Inflation in EU: Distribution Analysis and Spatial Effects," Working Papers 2013-3, Agricultural University of Athens, Department Of Agricultural Economics.
    2. Hałka & Szafranek, 2016. "Whose Inflation Is It Anyway? Inflation Spillovers Between the Euro Area and Small Open Economies," Eastern European Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 54(2), pages 109-132, March.
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    Keywords

    Regional inflation; Monetary union; Optimal currency area; Industrial structure;

    JEL classification:

    • F4 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance
    • R1 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics
    • E5 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit

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