Price Convergence in the Emu? Evidence from Micro Data

55 Pages Posted: 8 Jun 2016

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Date Written: 2009


The establishment of European monetary union (EMU) was widely expected to cause price convergence among member states. In an investigation of this claim, the present study avoids problems of comparability and representativeness by using an extremely detailed and comprehensive scanner database on washing machine prices and sales volumes for 17 European countries. A hedonic regression yields country-specific time series for quality-adjusted price differentials. Statistically and economically significant deviations from the LOP emerge. Log t tests firmly reject price convergence among EMU countries. Small convergence clusters can be identified but they are unrelated to EMU membership.

Keywords: price convergence, LOP, euro introduction, log t test, hedonic price regression, scanner data

JEL Classification: E31, F31, F36, C23, L68

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Fischer, Christoph A., Price Convergence in the Emu? Evidence from Micro Data (2009). Available at SSRN: or

Christoph A. Fischer (Contact Author)

Deutsche Bundesbank ( email )

Wilhelm-Epstein-Str. 14
Frankfurt/Main, 60431

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