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Inflation and relative price variability in Mexico: the role of remittances

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  • J. Ulyses Balderas
  • Hiranya Nath

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This article derives generalized impulse responses from the estimation of a vector autoregression (VAR) model using monthly data between 1995 and 2005 for Mexico, to examine the inflation-relative price variability (RPV) relationship, and to investigate if remittances could account for the observed relationship. While the positive relationship between inflation and RPV is a robust result, remittances are found to have significant positive effects on both inflation and RPV. These results are interpreted as providing evidence in support of our intuition that remittances could be responsible for generating a positive relationship between inflation and RPV.

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  • J. Ulyses Balderas & Hiranya Nath, 2007. "Inflation and relative price variability in Mexico: the role of remittances," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 15(3), pages 181-185.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:15:y:2007:i:3:p:181-185
    DOI: 10.1080/13504850600722070
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    1. Roy, Ripon & Rahman, Md. Mokhlesur, 2014. "An empirical analysis of remittance – inflation relationship in Bangladesh: post-floating exchange rate scenario," MPRA Paper 55190, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes & Susan Pozo, 2012. "Remittance Income Volatility and Labor Supply in Mexico," Southern Economic Journal, Southern Economic Association, vol. 79(2), pages 257-276, October.
    3. Dr. Gulnihal Aksoy & Prof. Dr. Don Bredin & Deirdre Corcoran & Stilianos Fountas, 2017. "Relative Price Dispersion and Inflation: Evidence for the UK and the US," Credit and Capital Markets, Credit and Capital Markets, vol. 50(1), pages 3-24.
    4. Adnan KHURSHID & Yin KEDONG & Adrian Cantemir CALIN & Oana Cristina POPOVICI, 2016. "Do Remittances Hurt Domestic Prices? New Evidence from Low, Lower-Middle and Middle–Income Groups," Journal for Economic Forecasting, Institute for Economic Forecasting, vol. 0(4), pages 95-114, December.

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