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Dynamics of inflation in Sub-Saharan Africa: the role of foreign inflation, official and parallel market exchange rates, and monetary growth

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  • M. O. Odedokun

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The study investigates the effects of monetary growth; rates of depreciation of domestic currency in both the official and black markets; and foreign inflation rate on domestic (consumer price) inflation in Sub-Saharan Africa. The lags in the effects of these variables are also analysed. Quarterly data over 1980:1 to 1991:4 pooled across 32 countries are employed and separate analyses are conducted for the CFA and non-CFA groups of countries. Our findings suggest that the variables tested for exert significant effects on the inflation rates in the non-CFA countries while only the foreign inflation rate and, to a smaller extent, the rate of depreciation of domestic currency in the parallel market have affected the inflation rates in the CFA countries.

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  • M. O. Odedokun, 1997. "Dynamics of inflation in Sub-Saharan Africa: the role of foreign inflation, official and parallel market exchange rates, and monetary growth," Applied Financial Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 7(4), pages 395-402.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apfiec:v:7:y:1997:i:4:p:395-402
    DOI: 10.1080/096031097333501
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    1. Chhibber, Ajay, 1991. "Africa's rising inflation : causes, consequences, and cures," Policy Research Working Paper Series 577, The World Bank.
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    1. Joseph Ntamatungiro, 2004. "Fiscal Sustainability in Heavily Indebted Countries Dependenton Nonrenewable Resources; The Case of Gabon," IMF Working Papers 04/30, International Monetary Fund.
    2. Arto Kovanen, 2004. "Zimbabwe; A Quest for a Nominal Anchor," IMF Working Papers 04/130, International Monetary Fund.

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