Was the adoption of the euro accompanied by an increase in prices? Did it promote goods market arbitrage in the form of faster convergence to a common price? By comparing the experience of eurozone countries to non-euro European countries in a "difference-in-differences" specification, we net out effects on prices unrelated to the euro. We find neither evidence of significant price increases associated with the euro, nor evidence of a significant improvement in market integration.
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Parsley, David, and Shang-Jin Wei. "In Search of a Euro Effect: Big Lessons from a Big Mac Meal?" Journal of International Money and Finance 27, no. 2 (March 2008): 260-276.
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