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Inflation, inflation uncertainty and output growth: what does the data say for Malaysia?

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  • Ahmad Zubaidi Baharumshah
  • Siew-Voon Soon

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Purpose - – The purpose of this paper is to examine the causal relationships between inflation, output growth and their uncertainties in Malaysia. Design/methodology/approach - – The modeling approach allows for structural breaks to avoid the masking of specific impacts. Findings - – Based on the asymmetric Generalized Autoregressive Conditional Heteroskedasticity model, the paper found strong evidence favoring a positive effect of a change in the inflation uncertainty as predicted by the Friedman-Ball hypothesis. In addition, inflation (inflation uncertainty) has direct (indirect) negative effect on the output growth. The results are consistent with the Taylor effect – increases in inflation uncertainty decreases output uncertainty. The analysis also reveals that economic uncertainty lowers the growth rate of output, complying with Bernanke's idea. Originality/value - – The present study suggests that extra efforts are required to locate the breaks in the variance in order to draw concrete evidence on link between economic uncertainty and macroeconomic performance.

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  • Ahmad Zubaidi Baharumshah & Siew-Voon Soon, 2014. "Inflation, inflation uncertainty and output growth: what does the data say for Malaysia?," Journal of Economic Studies, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 41(3), pages 370-386, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:eme:jespps:v:41:y:2014:i:3:p:370-386
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