Inflation Uncertainty and Relative Price Variability in WAEMU Countries
45 Pages Posted: 22 Mar 2011
Date Written: March 2011
Using a consistent dataset and methodology for all eight member countries of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) from 1994 to 2009, this paper provides evidence of the two major channels for real effects of inflation: inflation uncertainty and relative price variability. In line with theory and most evidence for advanced and emerging market economies, higher inflation increases inflation uncertainty and relative price variability in all WAEMU countries. However, the pattern, magnitude and timing of these two channels vary considerably by country. The findings raise several policy issues for future research.
Keywords: Central banks, Cross country analysis, Economic models, Inflation, Inflation targeting, Monetary policy, Price elasticity, Prices, West Africa, West African Economic and Monetary Union
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