Are Prices Countercyclical? Evidence From the G-7

Author/Editor:

Eswar S Prasad ; Bankim Chadha

Publication Date:

August 1, 1994

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Summary:

This paper re-examines the cyclical behavior of prices using postwar quarterly data for the G-7. We confirm recent evidence that the price level is countercyclical. However, we find strong evidence that the inflation rate is procyclical in our sample. Our results show the importance of making a clear distinction between inflation and the cyclical component of the price level when reporting and interpreting stylized facts regarding business cycles.

Series:

Working Paper No. 94/91

Subject:

Notes:

Study based on postwar quarterly data for the G-7.

English

Publication Date:

August 1, 1994

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451851472/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA0911994

Format:

Paper

Pages:

28

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