Monetary Policy and Leading Indicators of Inflation in Sweden


Josef Baumgartner ; Göran Zettergren ; Ramana Ramaswamy

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April 1, 1997

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This paper derives a set of leading indicators of inflation for Sweden. It also discusses methodological and policy issues pertaining to the estimation of these indicators. The main findings are: (1) narrow money is the most powerful leading inflation indicator; (2) broad money and inflation expectations have significant predictive information on inflation; (3) the output gap, interest rates, and the credit aggregate have some predictive information on inflation, and this information is confined to a shorter time horizon than either the monetary aggregates or inflation expectations; and (4) implied forward rates have only weak predictive information on inflation.


Working Paper No. 1997/034



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April 1, 1997



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