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Price-Level Convergence: New Evidence from U.S. Cities

  • M. Ege Yazgan


    (Department of Economics, Istanbul Bilgi University)

  • Hakan Yilmazkuday


    (Department of Economics, Temple University)

This paper tests the bilateral price-level convergence among 52 U.S. cities at the good level. We employ a new approach which is free of problems that arise when using an arbitrary benchmark, cross-section dependence, and heterogeneity. We find quite strong evidence in favor of convergence with significantly quick rates. This finding is surprising as the estimated median half lives are far below the half lives found in the corresponding studies for the U.S.

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