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Consumption in Urban China and Monetary Policy - Consumi nelle aree urbane della Cina e politica monetaria

  • Maneschiöld, Per-Ola


    (Halmstad University, School of Business and Engineering, Department of Economics)

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    This study analyses consumption in urban China by use of monthly data for the 1990-2007. The error-correction model reveals a long-run relationship between real consumption, real disposable income, inflation and the shortterm interest rate. Inflation is in relative terms more important to the consumption decision in the period after the structural break in September 1996 still with income as the most important variable. As inflation is a more important variable than the 1-year deposit rate, the policy variable for the central bank, an inflation target for the central bank may increase the effectiveness in monetary policy concerning monitoring consumption in urban China. Results suggest important policy implications where prudent monetary stabilization policy in China should recognize the difference in impact on urban consumption from inflation and the 1-year deposit rate. - Questo studio analizza l’andamento del consumo nelle aree urbane della Cina utilizzando dati mensili per il periodo 1990-2007. Il modello error correction evidenzia una relazione di lungo periodo tra consumo reale, reddito reale disponibile, inflazione e il tasso d’interesse a breve termine. Pur risultando il reddito la variabile principale, l’inflazione svolge un ruolo relativamente importante nelle decisioni sui consumi nel periodo successivo alla variazione strutturale del settembre 1996. Essendo l’inflazione una variabile più significativa del tasso di deposito a un anno, cioè la variabile ‘politica’ per la banca centrale, se questa adotta un obiettivo d’inflazione potrebbe accrescere l’efficienza della politica monetaria riguardo al controllo dei consumi nelle aree urbane della Cina. I risultati della ricerca suggeriscono importanti implicazioni. Una prudente politica di stabilizzazione monetaria dovrebbe tener conto della differenza tra gli effetti dell’inflazione e l’effetto del tasso di deposito annuale sui consumi urbani.

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    Article provided by Camera di Commercio di Genova in its journal Economia Internazionale / International Economics.

    Volume (Year): 63 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 305-327

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    Handle: RePEc:ris:ecoint:0600
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