Inflation in Tajikistan: Forecasting Analysis and Monetary Policy Challenges

Author/Editor: Vtyurina, Svetlana ; Alturki, Fahad
Publication Date: January 01, 2010
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Summary: This paper attempts to explain short- and long-term dynamics of-and forecast-inflation in Tajikistan using the Vector Error Correction Model (VECM) and Autoregressive Moving Average Model (ARMA). By analyzing different transmission channels through the VECM, we were able to evaluate their relative dominance, magnitude, and speed of transition to the equilibrium price level, with the view of identifying those policy tools that will enhance the effectiveness of monetary policy. We found that excess supply of broad money is inflationary in both the short and long term. The dynamic analysis also demonstrates that the exchange rate and international inflation have a strong impact on local prices. Available monetary instruments, such as the refinancing rate, have proven to be ineffective. Therefore, the Tajik monetary authority could greatly benefit from enhancing its monetary instruments toolkit, including by developing the interest rate channel, to improve its monetary policy execution and to achieve stable inflationary conditions.
Series: Working Paper No. 10/17
Subject(s): Dollarization | Banking sector | Credit | Economic forecasting | Economic models | Exchange rates | Interest rates | Reserve requirements

Author's Keyword(s): monetary policy | money demand | inflation | dollarization | cointegration | error correction model | forecasting | autoregressive moving average model | Tajikistan
Publication Date: January 01, 2010
ISBN/ISSN: 9781451962178 Format: Paper
Stock No: WPIEA2010017 Pages: 14
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