The Euro Changeover and Its Effects on Price Transparency, and Inflation. Mission Euro, Mission Accomplished!
Despite the expectations of economists that the euro changeover would have no effect on prices, we show that European consumers perceive the contrary. The data indicate that consumers based their perceptions about inflation on goods that are cheaper and more frequently purchased. We use this insight to develop and estimate a model of imperfect information that explains why these goods were subject to higher price growth after the changeover. The data indicate that some retailers, aware of the consumers' difficulties in adopting the new currency, used the changeover to increase profits by increasing prices. We also propose an explanation on why, contrary to common belief, this effect was smaller in more concentrated retail markets.
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- Kathy Baylis & Jeffrey Perloff, 2002.
"Price Dispersion on the Internet: Good Firms and Bad Firms,"
Review of Industrial Organization,
Springer;The Industrial Organization Society, vol. 21(3), pages 305-324, November.
- Baylis, Kathy & Perloff, Jeffrey M., 2001. "Price Dispersion on the Internet: Good Firms and Bad Firms," Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, Working Paper Series qt2t0770rn, Institute of Industrial Relations, UC Berkeley.