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Are Inflation Rates Mean-reverting Processes? Evidence from Six Asian Countries

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  • Shyh-Wei Chen

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  • Chi-Sheng Hsu

    (Department of International Business, Tunghai University, Taiwan)

  • Cyun-Jhen Pen

    (Department of International Business, Chung Yuan Christian University, Taiwan)

Abstract

This paper tests for the (non)stationarity of inflation in six Asian countries, that is, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore and India, by considering the possibility of structural breaks and nonlinearity. The results are mixed when a battery of conventional linear unit root tests is used. However, the inflation rate is shown to be a stationary process after considering the structural breaks and nonlinear properties of the threshold and exponential smooth transition. The mean reversion in inflation favors the hypothesis of the natural rate of inflation and the sticky-price model, indicating that any shock has a transitory effect on inflation. The implication of stationary inflation is that any shock has a transitory effect on inflation.

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  • Shyh-Wei Chen & Chi-Sheng Hsu & Cyun-Jhen Pen, 2016. "Are Inflation Rates Mean-reverting Processes? Evidence from Six Asian Countries," Journal of Economics and Management, College of Business, Feng Chia University, Taiwan, vol. 12(1), pages 119-155, February.
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    inflation; stationarity; structural break; nonlinearity;

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    • E31 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Price Level; Inflation; Deflation
    • C22 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models; Diffusion Processes

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