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Currency equivalent monetary aggregates as leading indicators of inflation

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  • Paul, Sunil
  • Ramachandran, M.

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This study examines whether the Currency Equivalent (CE) Monetary Aggregates proposed by (Hutt, 1963) and (Rotemberg et al., 1995) can perform better in predicting inflation as compared to their simple sum counterparts. The components of four official measures of monetary constructs - M1, M2, M3 and L1 - are used to construct monthly CE monetary aggregates for the period from April 1993 to June 2009. The empirical evidence indicates that the growth rate of CE aggregates has an edge over their sum counterparts in predicting inflation. Moreover, the predictive power of the growth rates of CE aggregates improves as the level of aggregation increases. These evidences suggest that observing the movements in the growth rates of weighted monetary aggregates can be a better option within the "multiple indicator approach" which is being currently practiced by the Reserve Bank of India.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economic Modelling.

Volume (Year): 28 (2011)
Issue (Month): 4 (July)
Pages: 2041-2048

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecmode:v:28:y:2011:i:4:p:2041-2048

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Keywords: Currency equivalent monetary aggregate Leading indicators Cointegration and error correction models;

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  1. Antonella Cavallo & Antonio Ribba, 2012. "Euro area inflation as a predictor of national inflation rates," Center for Economic Research (RECent) 082, University of Modena and Reggio E., Dept. of Economics.

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