Monetary Policy Transmission in Mauritius Using a VAR Analysis

Author/Editor:

Charalambos G Tsangarides

Publication Date:

February 1, 2010

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Summary:

Applying commonly used vector autoregression (VAR) techniques, this paper investigates the transmission mechanism of monetary policy on output and prices for Mauritius, using data for 1999-2009. The results show that (i) an unexpected monetary policy tightening-an increase in the Bank of Mauritius policy interest rate-leads to a decline in prices and output but the effect on output is weaker; (ii) an unexpected decrease in the money supply or an unexpected increase in the nominal effective exchange rate result in a decrease in prices; and (iii) variations of the policy variables account for small a percentage of the fluctuations in output and prices. Taken together, these results suggest a rather weak monetary policy transmission mechanism. Finally, we find some differences in the transmission mechanism depending on whether core or headline consumer price index is used in the estimations.

Series:

Working Paper No. 10/36

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

February 1, 2010

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451962789/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2010036

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

33

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