A simple inflation indicator for the euro zone

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This article proposes and estimates an inflation indicator for the European Monetary Union (EMU). This indicator is set up so that it is contemporarily not affected by the changes in price differentials among EMU countries. The results show that the Monetary Union Index of Consumer Prices (MUICP), which is the inflation measure that the European Central Bank (ECB) takes as a reference for monetary policy purposes, could be understating the value of the inflation in the euro zone. It is also concluded that regional peculiarities are fundamental in the evolution of prices in the different EMU countries.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00036840600959917

Affiliations: Department of Economic Analysis, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos de Madrid, 28032 Madrid, Spain

Publication date: September 1, 2008

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