Are Hyperinflation Paths Learnable?

Posted: 27 Oct 2005

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Klaus Adam

University of Mannheim; European Central Bank (ECB) - Department of Research; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

George W. Evans

University of Oregon - Department of Economics; University of St. Andrews - School of Economics and Finance

Seppo Honkapohja

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); Aalto University School of Business; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research); Aalto University - School of Business

Abstract

Earlier studies of the seigniorage inflation model have found that the high-inflation steady state is not stable under learning. We reconsider this issue and analyze the full set of solutions for the linearized model. Our main focus is on stationary hyperinflationary paths near the high-inflation steady state. These paths are shown to be stable under least squares learning if agents can utilize contemporaneous data. In an economy with a mixture of agents, some of whom only have access to lagged data, stable hyperinflationary paths emerge only if the proportion of agents with access to contemporaneous data is sufficiently high.

Keywords: Indeterminacy, inflation, stability of equilibria, seigniorage

JEL Classification: C62, D83, D84, E31

Suggested Citation

Adam, Klaus and Evans, George W. and Honkapohja, Seppo and Honkapohja, Seppo, Are Hyperinflation Paths Learnable?. Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=827306

Klaus Adam (Contact Author)

University of Mannheim ( email )

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George W. Evans

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Seppo Honkapohja

Aalto University School of Business ( email )

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