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The Spectre of Deflation: A Review of Empirical Evidence

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  • Gregor W. Smith

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    (Queen's University)

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What explains the widespread fear of deflation? This paper reviews the history of thought, economic history, and empirical evidence on deflation, with a view to answering this question. It also outlines informally the main effects of deflation in applied monetary models. The main finding is that -- for both historical and contemporary deflations -- there are many open, empirical questions that could be answered using the tools economists use to study inflation and monetary policy more generally.

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Paper provided by Queen's University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 1086.

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Length: 57 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2006
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Handle: RePEc:qed:wpaper:1086

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Cited by:
  1. Bill Dorval & Gregor W. Smith, 2013. "Interwar Deflation and Depression," Working Papers 1310, Queen's University, Department of Economics.
  2. Clinton, Kevin & Garcia-Saltos, Roberto & Johnson, Marianne & Kamenik, Ondrej & Laxton, Douglas, 2010. "International deflation risks under alternative macroeconomic policies," Journal of the Japanese and International Economies, Elsevier, vol. 24(2), pages 140-177, June.
  3. James Yetman, 2009. "Hong Kong Consumer Prices are Flexible," Working Papers 052009, Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research.
  4. Nicolas Canry & Julien Fouquau & Sébastien Lechevalier, 2011. "Sectoral Price Dynamics in Japan: A Threshold Approach," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 31(2), pages 1322-1335.

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