Inflation Dynamics in Mongolia : Understanding the Roller Coaster

Author/Editor: Julia Bersch ; Steven Barnett ; Yasuhisa Ojima
Publication Date: July 01, 2012
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Summary: Inflation in Mongolia resembles a roller coaster ride with sharp rises and steep drops. Understanding why is critical for formulating and assessing monetary policy. Food prices are found to be a key driver of inflation, and, not surprising given Mongolia’s geography, are determined primarily by local supply conditions, highly seasonal, and subject to large but short-lived shocks (usually weather related). Nonetheless, demand factors are also found to be significant in explaining price movements and empirical evidence suggests that a 10 percent increase in government wages, for example, would push up underlying inflation by 1 percentage point. So, while inflation will remain volatile due to agricultural shocks, there is space for macroeconomic stabilization policy to help reduce inflation volatility.
Series: Working Paper No. 12/192
Subject(s): Agricultural prices | Consumer price indexes | Economic models | Government expenditures | Inflation rates

Author's Keyword(s): Mongolia | Inflation
Publication Date: July 01, 2012
ISBN/ISSN: 9781475505412/1018-5941 Format: Paper
Stock No: WPIEA2012192 Pages: 21
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