Capital Mobility and the Output-Inflation Tradeoff

Author/Editor:

Assaf Razin ; Prakash Loungani ; Chi-Wa Yuen

Publication Date:

May 1, 2000

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Summary:

Identifying determinants of the output-inflation tradeoff has long been a key issue in business cycle research. We provide evidence that in countries with greater restrictions on capital mobility, a given reduction in the inflation rate is associated with a smaller loss in output. This result is shown to be consistent with theoretical presumption from a version of the Mundell-Fleming model. Restrictions on capital mobility are measured using the IMF’s Annual Report on Exchange Rate Arrangements and Exchange Restrictions. Estimates of the output-inflation tradeoff are taken from previous studies, viz., Lucas (1973) and Ball, Mankiw and Romer (1988).

Series:

Working Paper No. 00/87

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

May 1, 2000

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451851014/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA0872000

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

22

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