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Keywords:

  • F31;
  • F36;
  • C23

Abstract

We consider the role of imperfect competition in explaining the relative price of non-traded to traded goods within the Balassa–Samuelson framework. Under imperfect competition in these two sectors, relative prices depend on both productivity and mark-up differentials. We test this hypothesis using a panel of sectors for 12 OECD countries. The empirical evidence suggests that relative price movements are well explained by productivity and mark-up differentials.