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A Positive Theory of Inflation and Inflation Variance

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  • Devereux, Michael

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Empirically, inflation and the variance of inflation are positively associated. This paper develops a model that provides a potential explanation for this relationship in terms of the incentives facing the policymaker in a "discretionary equilibrium." The model can also account for an empirical association between inflation and measures of real output instability. There is, however, no direct causal link whatever from the average rate of inflation to either the variance of inflation or that of real output. Copyright 1989 by Oxford University Press.

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Article provided by Western Economic Association International in its journal Economic Inquiry.

Volume (Year): 27 (1989)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: 105-16

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Handle: RePEc:oup:ecinqu:v:27:y:1989:i:1:p:105-16

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