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The relationship between inflation and inflation uncertainty in the UK: 1885-1998

  • Fountas, Stilianos

Using a long series of UK inflation data, I have provided strong evidence in favour of the hypothesis that inflationary periods are associated with high inflation uncertainty. This result supports the Friedman-Ball hypothesis and has important implications for the inflation-output relationship provided that more inflation uncertainty leads to lower output.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 74 (2001)
Issue (Month): 1 (December)
Pages: 77-83

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:74:y:2001:i:1:p:77-83
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