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Estimating the Impact of the Balassa-Samuelson Effect in Central and Eastern European Countries: A Revised Analysis of Panel Data Cointegration Tests

Mirjana Miletić ()
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Mirjana Miletić: National Bank of Serbia, Serbia

Panoeconomicus, 2012, vol. 59, issue 4, 475-499

Abstract: This paper aims to reassess the contribution of the BalassaSamuelson effect to the inflation and real exchange rate appreciation using panel data for nine CEECs covering the period ranging from the mid-1990s to the third quarter of 2010. The main idea of this analysis is to answer the question of whether the Global Economic Crisis had a significant impact on the efforts of CEECs to stay on the path of real convergence. The BalassaSamuelson effect explains less than 1.5 percentage points on average of inflation differential relative to the euro area and around 1 percentage point of the total domestic inflation. The results are robust across the model specification and estimation method. Most of the results point out that the BalassaSamuelson effect has not changed considerably during the crisis even though it is lower compared to that in the earlier stage of transition (for the period up to 2004).

Keywords: Baumol-Bowen effect; Balassa-Samuelson effect; Real appreciation; Inflation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C52 E01 O11 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012
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