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Investigation the Pass-Through of Global Food Prices to Domestic Prices in Iran


  • Javdan, Ebrahim

    () (Ph. D. Candidate in Agricultural Economics, University of Tabriz)

  • Haghighat, Jafar

    () (Professor of Economics, University of Tabriz)

  • Pishbahar, Esmaeil

    () (Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics, University of Tabriz)

  • Mohammadrezaei, Rassul

    () (Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics, University of Tabriz)


This paper investigates whether global food price shocks have been affected consumer price index in Iran. For this purpose, we estimate the pass-through of global food price inflation to domestic consumer price index using Markov Switching Vector Auto-Regressive (MS-VAR) and Vector Auto-Regressive (VAR) models and quarterly data from 1990:2 to 2015:1. With respect to the linearity test results, the MS-VAR model has better fit to data than linear VAR model. According to the information criteria statistics, the MSIAH(2)-VAR(1) specification is the chosen kind of MS-VAR model. The results show that the magnitude of global food prices pass-through to the consumer price index in the first and second regime is 0.05 and 0.35 after a year, respectively. Pass-through effect increases in second year that higher in second regime than first regime. The pass-through magnitude in first and second regime is 0.12 and 0.85 after two years, respectively. Because of substantial amount of agricultural inputs and food imports, the Iranian policymakers can limit the pass-through of global prices to domestic prices by applying the inflation targeting policies.

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  • Javdan, Ebrahim & Haghighat, Jafar & Pishbahar, Esmaeil & Mohammadrezaei, Rassul, 2017. "Investigation the Pass-Through of Global Food Prices to Domestic Prices in Iran," Quarterly Journal of Applied Theories of Economics, Faculty of Economics, Management and Business, University of Tabriz, vol. 3(4), pages 177-196, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:qjatoe:0063

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    Consumer price index; Global food price; Pass-through effect; Iran;

    JEL classification:

    • C22 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models; Diffusion Processes
    • C34 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Truncated and Censored Models; Switching Regression Models
    • E31 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Price Level; Inflation; Deflation


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