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Jerzy (Jurek) D. Konieczny

Inflation and price setting in a natural experiment (ABSTRACT)


Konieczny, J., & Skrzypacz, A.

published: 2005 | Research publication | Refereed Journals - Economics

Konieczny, J., & Skrzypacz, A. (2005). "Inflation and price setting in a natural experiment". Journal of Monetary Economics, 52 (3), 621-632.


ABSTRACT: We analyze the behavior of price setters in Poland during the transition from a planned to a market economy, using a large disaggregated data set. The size and frequency of price changes, as well as relative price variability, all increase as inflation rises. The effect of expected inflation on relative price variability is much stronger than the effect of unexpected inflation. Despite the unusual economic environment, the results are qualitatively identical, and quantitatively stronger, than those in Lach and Tsiddon [1992. Journal of Political Economy 100, 349-389].

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