Contacts, Credibility and Common Knowledge : Their Influenceon Inflation Convergence

Author/Editor:

Marcus Miller ; Alan Sutherland

Publication Date:

March 1, 1992

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Summary:

In this paper three possible reasons are examined for a sluggish inflation response to a hard currency peg. Models of overlapping wage contracts are analyzed and shown to generate little inertia. This contrasts with the effects of government credibility and the speed of private sector learning, which are shown to have a major impact on the speed of inflation adjustment. But even if individual agents believe the government will not devalue, it is shown that inflation inertia can still arise if these expectations are not common knowledge.

Series:

Working Paper No. 92/26

Subject:

Notes:

Also published in Staff Papers, Vol. 40, No. 1, March 1993.

English

Publication Date:

March 1, 1992

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451981773/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA0261992

Format:

Paper

Pages:

24

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