The Convergence of Automobile Prices in the European Union: an Empirical Analysis for the Period 1993-1999
Over the last decade, the EC automobile market has been the scene of significant price differentials for the same vehicle across the member states. The move towards a more integrated internal market, since January 1993, obviously calls for more up-to-date empirical information. We provide an analysis of price convergence over the period 1993-1999 for EU countries. Car characteristics were collected to build aggregate prices for countries thanks to a quasi-hedonic econometric model. Price dynamic is analyzed through Sigma and Beta convergence. We found that Sigma convergence is impeded by exchange rates fluctuations, while there is a strong force driving Beta convergence. The Euro should then favor convergence.
Automobile; european integration; panel data; price convergence
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