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Explaining the Exchange Rate Pass-Through in Hungary: Simulations with the NIGEM Model

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  • Zoltán M. Jakab

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    (Magyar Nemzeti Bank)

  • Mihály András Kovács

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    (Magyar Nemzeti Bank)

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This paper explores the major determinants of the exchange rate pass-through to CPI. The simulations were performed with the Bank's estimated Hungarian block linked to the NIGEM model of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR). The modelling framework offers some insight into the role of different markets in the price-exchange rate relationship. The paper gives an analysis of the relative importance of expectations, goods and labour market parameters. Our results show that the contribution of goods and labour market parameters to explaining the economy-wide exchange rate pass-through changes over time. While goods market adjustment is significant from the start of an exchange rate shock, the labour market starts to gain importance only from year three and onwards. More specifically, the effect of mark-up adjustment prevails over the whole horizon, which indicates that it is the most significant channel in exchange rate pass-through. The slow appearance of labour market effects might be explained by the presence of nominal wage rigidities, which make the adjustment in quantities faster. These results may explain the current labour market behaviour seen after the introduction of the inflation-targeting regime in Hungary. Hence we argue that the exchange rate shock in 2001 is still too close in time to draw conclusions on the role of labour market rigidities in Hungary.

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Paper provided by Magyar Nemzeti Bank (the central bank of Hungary) in its series MNB Working Papers with number 2003/5.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: 2003
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Handle: RePEc:mnb:wpaper:2003/5

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Keywords: Inflation; Exchange rate; Pass-through; Modelling; Transition economies.;

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  1. Jérôme Creel & Sandrine Levasseur, 2004. "How would a fixed-exchange-rate regime fit the transition economies?. The cases of the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland," Revue de l'OFCE, Presses de Sciences-Po, vol. 91(5), pages 83-120.
  2. BIRMAN Andrei, 2012. "A VAR Analysis on the Monetary Policy Transmission Mechanism in Romania," European Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, Bucharest Economic Academy, issue 01, March.
  3. Balazs Egert & Ronald MacDonald, 2006. "Monetary Transmission Mechanism in Transition Economies: Surveying the Surveyable," CESifo Working Paper Series 1739, CESifo Group Munich.
  4. Balázs Vonnák, 2007. "The Hungarian Monetary Transmission Mechanism: an Assessment," MNB Working Papers 2007/3, Magyar Nemzeti Bank (the central bank of Hungary).
  5. Zoltán M. Jakab & Viktor Várpalotai & Balázs Vonnák, 2006. "How does monetary policy affect aggregate demand? A multimodel approach for Hungary," MNB Working Papers 2006/4, Magyar Nemzeti Bank (the central bank of Hungary).

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