Can the Release of a Monetary Overhang Trigger Hyperinflation?

Author/Editor:

Kent Osband ; Shoukang Lin

Publication Date:

March 1, 1992

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Summary:

It is widely feared that, once prices are decontrolled in the formerly centrally–planned economies, households’ release of previously accumulated money will trigger a hyperinflation. This paper finds, instead, that whether a country’s fiscal, monetary, and labor market policies are destabilizing typically does not depend on the money stock. However, the release of a monetary overhang can precipitate a large initial real wage shock. To the extent such a shock is not feasible politically, there is a motive for monetary reform, which must be weighed against the cost of reduced public confidence in money.

Series:

Working Paper No. 92/24

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

March 1, 1992

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451920956/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA0241992

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

36

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