Modeling and Forecasting Inflation in India

Author/Editor:

Dongkoo Chang ; Tim Callen

Publication Date:

September 1, 1999

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has moved away from a broad money target toward a “multiple indicators” approach to the conduct of monetary policy. In adopting such a framework, it is necessary to know which of the many potential indicators provide the most reliable and timely information on future developments in the target variable(s). This paper assesses which indicators provide the most useful information about future inflationary trends. It concludes that while the broad money target has been de-emphasized, developments in the monetary aggregates remain an important indicator of future inflation. The exchange rate and import prices are also relevant, particularly for inflation in the manufacturing sector.

Series:

Working Paper No. 99/119

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

September 1, 1999

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451854152/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA1191999

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

36

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