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Intra- and inter-continental transmission of inflation in Africa

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  • Jin-Gil Jeong
  • Philip Fanara
  • Charlie Mahone

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In this paper, the transmission pattern of inflation in Africa is investigated in several contexts. Specifically, the results of the decomposition of variance are analysed, which are obtained by estimating an error correction model comprising 11 countries: seven major African countries and four industrialized countries, i.e., the USA, UK, France, and Japan. The major empirical findings are as follows. First, a surprisingly large fraction of domestic inflation in Africa is attributable to inflation shocks originating in foreign countries. Second, the USA is found to be the leading producer of inter-continental inflation in Africa. Third, although the Ivory Coast does seem to be the marginal leader, geographical proximity does not seem to play a significant role in intra-continental inflation transmission. Fourth, Friedman (Essays in Positive Economics, University of Chicago, 1953)'s argument for the flexible exchange regime is found to be marginally valid for Sub-Saharan African countries: African countries adopting the independently floating exchange rate system tend to be less influenced by foreign inflation innovations.

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  • Jin-Gil Jeong & Philip Fanara & Charlie Mahone, 2002. "Intra- and inter-continental transmission of inflation in Africa," Applied Financial Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 12(10), pages 731-741.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apfiec:v:12:y:2002:i:10:p:731-741
    DOI: 10.1080/09603100110037496
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    1. Adugna Lemi & Sisay Asefa, 2009. "Differential Impacts of Economic Volatility and Governance on Manufacturing and Non-Manufacturing Foreign Direct Investments: The Case of US Multinationals in Africa," Eastern Economic Journal, Palgrave Macmillan;Eastern Economic Association, vol. 35(3), pages 367-395.
    2. Luis Alberiko Gil-AlaƱa & Juan C. Cuestas & Estefania Mourelle, 2011. "Is there asymmetric behaviour in African inflation? A non-linear approach," NCID Working Papers 03/2011, Navarra Center for International Development, University of Navarra.
    3. Philip Kofi Adom & William Bekoe & George Quartey & Kwaku Amakye & Charles Barnor, 2016. "Impact of Market-based Policies and External Fiscal Discipline on Ghana's Inflation," Review of Development Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 20(4), pages 794-816, November.
    4. Asmy, Mohamed & Rohilina, Wisam & Hassama, Aris & Fouad, Md., 2009. "Effects of Macroeconomic Variables on Stock Prices in Malaysia: An Approach of Error Correction Model," MPRA Paper 20970, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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