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The Distributional Impact of Price Changes in Hungary and the United Kingdom

David M Newbery ()

Economic Journal, 1995, vol. 105, issue 431, 847-63

Abstract: In Soviet-type economies, commodity prices were distorted as part of the redistributive system of the state, but with the transition, prices have been liberalized and taxes made more uniform. Has this change adversely affected the distribution of purchasing power? This paper develops a new method of measuring the distributional impact of price changes by computing the distributional characteristics of commodities from household budget survey data and applies it to Hungary and the United Kingdom, finding that the distributional impacts over the past decade were negligible and not significantly different from zero in both cases. Copyright 1995 by Royal Economic Society.

Date: 1995
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