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Political instability and inflation in Pakistan

  • Khan, Safdar Ullah
  • Saqib, Omar Farooq

This study investigates the effects of political instability on inflation in Pakistan. Applying the Generalized Method of Moments technique and using data from 1951 to 2007, we examine this link through two different models. The results of the ‘monetary’ model suggest that the effects of monetary determinants are rather marginal and that they depend upon the political environment of Pakistan. The ‘nonmonetary’ model's findings explicitly establish a positive association between political instability and inflation. This is further confirmed through analysis based on interactive dummies that reveal political instability significantly leading to high (above average) inflation.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Asian Economics.

Volume (Year): 22 (2011)
Issue (Month): 6 ()
Pages: 540-549

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Handle: RePEc:eee:asieco:v:22:y:2011:i:6:p:540-549
DOI: 10.1016/j.asieco.2011.08.006
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