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Inflation and the Poor

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  • Easterly, William
  • Fischer, Stanley

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Using polling data for 31,869 households in 38 countries and allowing for country effects, we show that the poor are more likely than the rich to mention inflation as a top national concern. This result survives several robustness checks. We also find direct measures of improvements in well-being of the poor--the change in their share in national income, the percent decline in poverty, and the percent change in the real minimum wage--to be negatively correlated with inflation in pooled cross-country samples.

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  • Easterly, William & Fischer, Stanley, 2001. "Inflation and the Poor," Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Blackwell Publishing, vol. 33(2), pages 160-178, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:mcb:jmoncb:v:33:y:2001:i:2:p:160-78
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