Review of World Economics

, Volume 148, Issue 4, pp 617–645 | Cite as

Impact of institutions on cross-border price dispersion

  • Jiří SchwarzEmail author
Original Paper


This paper analyzes the role of institutions in price dispersion among cities in the European region in the 1996–2009 period. An overview of the literature on the border effect reveals that the role of institutions is completely neglected. Using the Worldwide Governance Indicators as explanatory variables I find that the better the institutions, the lower the predicted dispersion. The result is robust to different specifications of the regression model and it is consistent with a hypothesis that arbitrage, as an entrepreneurial activity and the main power behind the law of one price, is influenced by institutional quality.


Border effect Price dispersion Price convergence Law of one price Institutional quality 

JEL Classification

D23 E31 F41 L26 



I would like to thank Štěpán Jurajda, Michal Bauer, and seminar participants at Charles University for their helpful comments.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Economic StudiesCharles University, PraguePragueCzech Republic
  2. 2.Czech National BankPragueCzech Republic

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