Inflation and the Black Market Exchange Rate in a Repressed Market : A Model of Venezuela

Author/Editor:

Valerie Cerra

Publication Date:

August 3, 2016

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper presents a stylized general equilibrium model of the Venezuelan economy. The model explains how the recent sharp fall in oil revenue combines with foreign exchange rationing to produce a steep rise in inflation. Counterintuitively, a devaluation of the official exchange rate could temporarily reduce inflation. The model also explains how the hyper-depreciation of the black market exchange rate reflects prices in the most distorted goods markets.

Series:

Working Paper No. 16/159

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

August 3, 2016

ISBN/ISSN:

9781475523201/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2016159

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

52

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