The Behavior of Nontradable Goods Prices in Europe : Evidence and Interpretation

Author/Editor:

Jose De Gregorio ; Thomas Krueger ; Alberto Giovannini

Publication Date:

May 1, 1993

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Summary:

This paper examines the evolution of the relative price between tradable and nontradable goods in a group of European countries. A model of an open economy is used to analyze different factors that can account for an increase in the relative price of nontradable goods. These factors are: (a) faster technological progress in the tradable goods sector; (b) demand shifts toward nontradable goods; and (c) real wage pressures. The relevance of these factors is analyzed empirically for France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom.

Series:

Working Paper No. 93/45

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

May 1, 1993

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451974263/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA0451993

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

62

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