An Assessment of External Price Competitiveness for Mozambique

Author/Editor:

Francis Vitek

Publication Date:

August 1, 2009

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper conducts an assessment of external price competitiveness for Mozambique. A variety of indicators suggest that Mozambique has recently lost external price competitiveness with respect to its major trading partners. Consistent with these indicators, an exchange rate assessment indicates that the metical is overvalued by 26 to 41 percent in real effective terms. If sustained, an overvaluation of this magnitude has the potential to retard economic growth and jeopardize external stability, calling for an adjustment of monetary policy to gradually restore external price competitiveness.

Series:

Working Paper No. 09/165

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

August 1, 2009

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451873122/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2009165

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

20

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