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Estimation of conventional Taylor rules for Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Peru shows that central banks increase their repo rate in response to increases in the output gap and, except in Peru, to deviations of inflation expectations from target. Using a Markov-Switching methodology, it is found that, in the presence of external shocks, Chile, Colombia and Peru temporarily abandoned their conventional reaction function. The Taylor Rule is expanded and variables are included related to exchange rate misalignments and to domestic credit developments; limited evidence is found that countries have used some form of integrated inflation targeting. There is strong evidence that intervention in F/X markets is determined by exchange rate misalignments rather than by exchange rate volatility and that most countries seem particularly concerned with a strong currency. Central banks appear to have pursued an inflation objective using a standard Taylor rule and an exchange rate objective through interventions in the F/X market.
After decades using monetary aggregates as the main instrument of monetary policy and having different varieties of crawling peg exchange rate regimes, Colombia adopted a full-fledged inflation-targeting (IT) regime in 1999, with inflation as the nominal anchor, a floating exchange rate, and the short-term interest rate as the main instrument. This paper examines the experience of the Colombian Ce ... (View publication)
This paper seeks to identify the main determinants of the formation of inflation expectations in Paraguay since the adoption of the inflation targeting regime. This work bases the analysis on the results obtained from the expectations surveys conducted by the country’s monetary authority. Likewise, it is important to note that the dispersion of respondents’' answers was adjusted within the inf ... (View publication)
This paper estimates a hidden Markov model where ination is determined by government decits nanced through money creation and/or by destabilizing expectations dynamics (expectations can potentially divorce ination from fundamentals). The baseline model, proposed by Sargent et al. (2009), is used to analyze the interaction between scal decits, ination expectations, and ination in Mexico ... (View publication)
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