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Dangerous Liaisons? An Empirical Assessment of Inflation Targeting and Exchange Rate Regimes

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  • Horacio Aguirre

    () (Central Bank of Argentina)

  • Tamara Burdisso

    () (Central Bank of Argentina)

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The role of the exchange rate under inflation targeting (IT) remains an unresolved issue in literature and policy discussions -and a challenge for central banks implementing IT, especially in developing countries. This paper aims at assessing whether there is a relation between the nominal exchange rate regime and inflation performance in IT countries. We use a panel of 22 countries that adopted IT between 1990 and 2006, and estimate models in order to determine whether an exchange rate regime that differs from a pure float entails higher or lower inflation. We use two de facto foreign exchange regime classifications (Levy-Yeyati and Sturzenegger, 2005; Reinhart and Rogoff, 2004), and a de jure one (IMF). We estimate regressions through methods that account for the dynamic character of the panel (“difference” and “system” GMM estimators). We deal with potential endogeneity between inflation performance and exchange rate regime choice through the use of instrumental variables. In order to check the robustness of the results, we use alternative specifications –by including different macroeconomic control variables-, and introduce changes in the sample –by using a balanced and an unbalanced panel-. Our results suggest that the choice of exchange rate regime matters for IT countries: de facto arrangements that are less flexible than pure floats appear to deliver lower inflation, especially in developing countries. This is consistent with the fact that those countries have higher pass through coefficients and are more prone to the kind of problems dubbed as “fear of floating”.

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  • Horacio Aguirre & Tamara Burdisso, 2008. "Dangerous Liaisons? An Empirical Assessment of Inflation Targeting and Exchange Rate Regimes," BCRA Working Paper Series 200839, Central Bank of Argentina, Economic Research Department.
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    1. Daniel Heymann & Adrián Ramos & Horacio Aguirre, 2011. "Inflation and Macroeconomic Policies in Post-convertibility Argentina," Chapters,in: The Economies of Argentina and Brazil, chapter 19 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    2. Horacio Aguirre & Mauro Alessandro & Lucas Llach, 2016. "The transition to inflation targeting in an emerging economy: selected issues," BIS Papers chapters,in: Bank for International Settlements (ed.), Inflation mechanisms, expectations and monetary policy, volume 89, pages 69-83 Bank for International Settlements.

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    Keywords

    inflation targeting; foreign exchange regimes; dynamic panel data;

    JEL classification:

    • E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy
    • F31 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Exchange
    • F41 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Open Economy Macroeconomics

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