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The impact of monetary liquidity on Chinese aluminum prices


  • Sun, Zesheng
  • Sun, Bianxia
  • Lin, Sharon X.


By expanding Frankel and Rose's (2009) theoretical model to consider the interaction of commodity prices with both money liquidity and expectation formation, this paper empirically studies the long-run relationship and short-term dynamics between aluminum prices and money liquidity via Vector autoregressive (VAR) and Impulse Response Function methodologies. Our results show that: (1) a cointegration relationship between money liquidity and Chinese aluminum prices exists, and monetary liquidity positively significantly influences the price over long periods; (2) a structural change has been found during the 2008 Financial Crisis and the change of Chinese monetary policies; and (3) the negative impact of production capacity mechanism on aluminum prices coexists with the positive impact of financial asset returns mechanism, to allow for varied market expectations on aluminum prices within and outside China.

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  • Sun, Zesheng & Sun, Bianxia & Lin, Sharon X., 2013. "The impact of monetary liquidity on Chinese aluminum prices," Resources Policy, Elsevier, vol. 38(4), pages 512-522.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jrpoli:v:38:y:2013:i:4:p:512-522 DOI: 10.1016/j.resourpol.2013.08.002

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    Money liquidity; Aluminum prices; Chinese aluminum market; Market volatility; JEL classification: E51; Q32;

    JEL classification:

    • E51 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Money Supply; Credit; Money Multipliers
    • Q32 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation - - - Exhaustible Resources and Economic Development


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