Deflation in Hong Kong SAR

 
Author/Editor: Schellekens, Philip
 
Publication Date: April 01, 2003
 
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Summary: This paper examines the causes of deflation in Hong Kong SAR, exploring whether it reflects a prolonged process of adjustment to cyclical shocks or whether it results from price equalization pressures arising from structural integration with mainland China. To gauge the relative importance of these factors, the paper provides both an econometric and a qualitative analysis of the price dynamics between Hong Kong SAR and Shenzhen, a neighboring city in mainland China. It finds that the role of price equalization as a source of deflation is minor. Deflation in Hong Kong SAR is best explained by successive cyclical shocks which have been amplified by balance-sheet and wealth effects.
 
Series: Working Paper No. 03/77
Subject(s): Deflation | Hong Kong SAR | Price stabilization | Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China

Author's Keyword(s): Deflation | Price Equalization
 
English
Publication Date: April 01, 2003
ISBN/ISSN: 1934-7073 Format: Paper
Stock No: WPIEA0772003 Pages: 25
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