Currency Substitution and Inflation in Peru

Author/Editor:

Liliana Rojas-Suárez

Publication Date:

May 1, 1992

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Summary:

This paper shows that there is a long-run relationship between the expected rate of depreciation in the black-market-exchange rate and the ratio of domestic to foreign money in Peru; that is, the hypothesis of currency substitution can explain the behavior of real holdings of money in Peru. The paper also shows that, while the importance of currency substitution as a transmission mechanism through which domestic policies affected the dynamics of inflation was relatively small during a period of high but relatively stable inflation (January 1978-85), it became an important factor in the inflation process during the recent hyperinflation episode.

Series:

Working Paper No. 92/33

Subject(s):

English

Publication Date:

May 1, 1992

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451979206/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA0331992

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

46

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