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City Relative Price Dynamics in Australia: Are Structural Breaks Important?

  • Jayanta Sarkar

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    (School of Economics and Finance, Queensland University of Technology)

  • Hiranya K. Nath

    ()

    (Department of Economics and International Business, Sam Houston State University)

This paper examines the dynamic behavior of relative prices across seven Australian cities by applying panel unit root test procedures with structural breaks to quarterly CPI data for 1972Q1-2011Q4. We find overwhelming evidence of convergence in city relative prices. Three common structural breaks are endogenously determined at 1985, 1995, and 2007. Further, correcting for two potential biases, namely Nickell bias and time aggregation bias, we obtain half-life estimates of 2.3-3.8 quarters that are much shorter than those reported by previous research. Thus, we conclude that both structural breaks and bias corrections are important to obtain shorter half-life estimates.

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