How Persistent Are Shocks to World Commodity Prices?

Author/Editor:

Hong Liang ; C. John McDermott ; Paul Cashin

Publication Date:

June 1, 1999

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Summary:

This paper examines the persistence of shocks to world commodity prices, using monthly IMF data on primary commodities between 1957–98. We find that shocks to commodity prices are typically long–lasting and the variability of the persistence of price shocks is quite wide. The paper also discusses the implications of these findings for national and international schemes to stabilize earnings from commodity exports and finds that if price shocks are long–lived, then the cost of stabilization schemes will likely exceed any associated smoothing benefits.

Series:

Working Paper No. 99/80

English

Publication Date:

June 1, 1999

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451850284/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA0801999

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

54

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