Domestic Market Integration and the Law of One Price in Brazil

Author/Editor:

Carlos Góes ; Troy D Matheson

Publication Date:

September 29, 2015

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper presents the first assessment domestic market integration in Brazil using the law of one price. The law of one price is tested using two panel unit root methodologies and a unique data set comprising price indices for 51 products across 11 metro-areas. We find that the law of one price holds for most tradable products and, not surprisingly, non-tradable products are found to be less likely to satisfy the law of one price. While these findings are consistent with evidence found for other countries, price convergence occurs very slowly in Brazil, suggesting relatively limited domestic market integration.

Series:

Working Paper No. 15/213

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

September 29, 2015

ISBN/ISSN:

9781513509969/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2015213

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

11

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