How Wide are European Borders? New Evidence on the Integration Effects of Monetary Unions

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Günter W. Beck

University of Siegen

Axel A. Weber

University of Cologne - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Date Written: January 2001

Abstract

We use consumer price data for 81 European cities (in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain and Portugal) to study deviations from the law-of-one-price before and during the European Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) by analysing both aggregate and disaggregate CPI data for 7 categories of goods we find that the distance between cities explains a significant amount of the variation in the prices of similar goods in different locations. We also find that the variation of the relative price is much higher for two cities located in different countries than for two equidistant cities in the same country. Under EMU, the elimination of nominal exchange rate volatility has largely reduced these border effects, but distance and border still matter for intra-European relative price volatility.

Keywords: relative price volatility, spatial data, real exchange rate, law of one price, purchasing power parity, stationarity, panel unit root test

JEL Classification: F40, F41

Suggested Citation

Beck, Günter W. and Weber, Axel A., How Wide are European Borders? New Evidence on the Integration Effects of Monetary Unions (January 2001). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=380280 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.380280

Günter W. Beck (Contact Author)

University of Siegen ( email )

Unteres Schloss 3
Siegen, NRW 57072
Germany

Axel A. Weber

University of Cologne - Department of Economics ( email )

Cologne, 50923
Germany

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

London
United Kingdom

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