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Inflation Dynamics and the Cross-Sectional Distribution of Prices in the E.U. Periphery

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  • Constantina Kottaridi

    (University of Peloponnese, Greece)

  • Diego Méndez-Carbajo

    (Illinois Wesleyan University, USA)

  • Dimitrios D. Thomakos

    (University of Peloponnese, Greece and The Rimini Centre for Economics Analysis, Italy)

Abstract

We explore the connection between inflation and its higher-order moments for three economies in the periphery of the European Union (E.U.), Greece, Portugal and Spain. Motivated by a micro-founded model of inflation determination, along the lines of the hybrid New Keynesian Phillips curve, we examine whether and how much does the cross-sectional skewness in producer prices affect the path of inflation. We develop our analysis with the perspective of economic integration/inflation harmonization (in the E.U.) and discuss the peculiarities of these three economies. We find evidence of a strong positive relation between aggregate inflation and the distribution of relative-price changes for all three countries. A potentially important implication of our results is that, if the cross-sectional skewness of prices is directly related to aggregate inflation, not only the direction but also the magnitude of a nominal shock would influence output and inflation dynamics. Moreover, the effect of such a shock could be received asymmetrically, even when countries share a common currency.

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  • Constantina Kottaridi & Diego Méndez-Carbajo & Dimitrios D. Thomakos, 2007. "Inflation Dynamics and the Cross-Sectional Distribution of Prices in the E.U. Periphery," Working Paper series 43_07, Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis.
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    Keywords

    Inflation; Cross-sectional distribution of prices; Greece; Portugal; Spain; European Union; Harmonization;
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    • E31 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Price Level; Inflation; Deflation

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