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Influences interieures et etrangeres sur les prix canadiens selon les mouvements cycliques du taux de change, 1974 a 1996

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  • Baldwin, John R.
  • Yan, Beiling

Les auteurs examinent le comportement de 81 industries manufacturieres canadiennes en matiere d'etablissement des prix au cours de la periode allant de 1974 a 1996. Ils se penchent sur les facteurs interieurs et etrangers ayant une incidence sur la formation des prix au Canada ainsi que sur les circonstances dans lesquelles les prix canadiens reagissent aux influences etrangeres (americaines) (loi du prix unique) par opposition aux facteurs interieurs (main d'oeuvre, couts energetiques et croissance de la productivite). Leurs constatations sont les suivantes : (1) Les prix des industries manufacturieres canadiennes sont generalement regis a la fois par la regle d'etablissement des prix au moyen d'un taux de marge et par la loi du prix unique. Les facteurs tant interieurs (comme le prix des intrants et la productivite) qu'etrangers (notamment les prix des biens concurrents aux Etats Unis) exercent une influence marquee sur les prix canadiens. (2) Les prix canadiens sont plus sensibles aux prix americains si l'industrie compose avec une concurrence plus forte des biens importes et si les biens canadiens et etrangers sont moins differencies. Comparativement aux prix des biens canadiens, les prix des biens importes sont plus sensibles aux prix etrangers, mais ils reagissent neanmoins aux prix canadiens, quoique ce phenomene de fixation des prix en fonction du marche soit moins accentue a mesure que l'importance des importations augmente. (3) Il existe des differences au niveau des industries. Les prix interieurs sont plus sensibles aux changements touchant la productivite dans les industries ou la concurrence est plus intense et ou les biens sont plus homogenes. Les importations sont pour leur part plus sensibles aux facteurs interieurs lorsqu'elles representent une part plus petite du marche interieur. (4) A mesure qu'augmentent les pressions emanant des marches etrangers, en parallele avec l'appreciation du dollar canadien, les changements au niveau des prix sont plus fortement influencees par les fluctuations des prix etrangers. A titre comparatif, lorsque les pressions des marches etrangers diminuent, en periode de depreciation du dollar canadien, les changements au niveau des prix canadiens seront davantage influences par l'evolution du cout des intrants au Canada. Les desequilibres engendres par des chocs anterieurs sont resorbes plus rapidement en periode d'appreciation du taux de change.

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Date of creation: 08 Nov 2006
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