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The Inflationary Consequences of a Currency Changeover: Evidence from the Michelin Red Guide


  • Giancarlo Marini

    () (University of Rome II - Faculty of Economics)

  • Fabrizio Adriani

    () (University of Rome II - Centre for International Studies on Economic Growth (CEIS))

  • Pasquale Scaramozzino

    () (University of Rome II - Faculty of Economics)


This paper examines the inflationary consequences of a currency changeover in a simple model of the catering market. It is shown that the change in cash denomination acts as a coordination device shifting the industry to a high-price equilibrium. Empirical evidence based on data from the Michelin Red Guide strongly supports the predictions of our model against competing explanations. A permanent change in relative prices has taken place in Euroland, with strong redistributional effects in favour of some segments of the catering sector.

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  • Giancarlo Marini & Fabrizio Adriani & Pasquale Scaramozzino, 2003. "The Inflationary Consequences of a Currency Changeover: Evidence from the Michelin Red Guide," CEIS Research Paper 27, Tor Vergata University, CEIS.
  • Handle: RePEc:rtv:ceisrp:27

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