Modeling Inflation for Mali

Author/Editor:

Mame Astou Diouf

Publication Date:

December 1, 2007

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper investigates how consumer price inflation is determined in Mali for 1979-2006 along three macroeconomic explanations: (1) monetarist theories, emphasizing the impact of excess money supply, (2) the structuralist hypothesis, stressing the impact of supply-side constraints, and (3) external theories, describing the effects of foreign transmission mechanisms on a small open economy. The analysis makes use of cointegration techniques and general-to-specific modeling. Average national rainfall, and to a lesser extent deviations from monetary and external sector equilibrium are found to be the main long-run determinants of inflation. The paper offers policy recommendations for controlling inflation in Mali.

Series:

Working Paper No. 07/295

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

December 1, 2007

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451868586/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2007295

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

34

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