Exchange Rate Pass-Through to Domestic Prices : Does the Inflationary Environment Matter?

Author/Editor:

Dalia S Hakura ; Ehsan U. Choudhri

Publication Date:

December 1, 2001

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

The paper tests a hypothesis suggested by Taylor (2000) that a low inflationary environment leads to a low exchange rate pass-through to domestic prices. To test this hypothesis, the paper derives a pass-through relation based on new open economy macroeconomic models. A large database that includes 1979-2000 data for 71 countries is used to estimate this relation. There is strong evidence of a positive and significant association between the pass-through and the average inflation rate across countries and periods. The inflation rate, moreover, dominates other macroeconomic variables in explaining cross-regime differences in the pass-through.

Series:

Working Paper No. 01/194

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

December 1, 2001

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451859867/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA1942001

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

36

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