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Import Price Formation and Pricing to Market: A Test on Norwegian Data

Bjørn E. Naug and Ragnar Nymoen ()

Discussion Papers from Statistics Norway, Research Department

Abstract: This paper investigates the determinants of Norwegian import prices of manufactures over the period 1970(1) - 1991(4). Multivariate cointegration analysis establishes a long-run relationship between import prices, foreign prices, the exchange rate and domestic unit labour costs. Normalized on import prices, the long-run elasticities are 0.63 (foreign prices and the exchange rate) and 0.37 (domestic costs). Deviations from this relationship are highly significant in a structural import price equation, which also contains positive effects of growth in domestic demand and inflation, as well as a negative effect from the Norwegian unemployment rate. The estimated parameters appear reasonably stable within the sample.

Keywords: Import price formation; pricing to market; domestic effects; Johansen procedure; structural error correction model; super exogeneity. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C32 C51 C52 C22 D40 F41 L16 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 1995-11
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