The Scope for Inflation Targeting in Developing Countries
Paul R. Masson
International Monetary Fund (IMF) - Research Department; The Brookings Institution
Miguel A. Savastano
International Monetary Fund (IMF) - Research Department
International Monetary Fund (IMF)
IMF Working Paper No. 97/130
Inflation targeting (IT) serves as monetary policy framework in several advanced economies, where it has enhanced policy transparency and accountability. The paper considers its wider applicability to developing countries. The prerequisites for a successful IT framework are identified as involving ability to carry out an independent monetary policy (free of fiscal dominance or commitment to another nominal anchor, like the exchange rate), and a quantitative framework linking policy instruments to inflation. These prerequisites are largely absent among developing countries, though several of them could with some further institutional changes and an overriding commitment to low inflation make use of an IT framework.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 53
Keywords: inflation targeting, developing countries
JEL Classification: E31, E42, E52working papers series
Date posted: May 4, 2001
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