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Inflation targeting in Latin America: Empirical analysis using GARCH models

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  • Broto, Carmen

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This paper studies inflation dynamics in eight Latin American countries, some of which have adopted formal inflation targets (IT) as their monetary policy frameworks. We analyze the possible benefits associated with IT, not only in terms of inflation level and volatility, but also regarding other nonlinear characteristics of these series, such as volatility persistence or the fulfillment of the Friedman hypothesis. To describe inflation dynamics we use an unobserved components model, where each component can follow a GARCH type process. Once we estimate the model, the main findings of the empirical exercise confirm the favorable performance of IT.

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Volume (Year): 28 (2011)
Issue (Month): 3 (May)
Pages: 1424-1434

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Keywords: Inflation Inflation targets Inflation uncertainty GARCH models Unobserved component models;

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