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Inflation Targeting Lite' in Small Open Economies; The Case of Mauritius


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This paper develops a new macrofinance model for small open economies, allowing the investigation of Mauritius's experience with 'inflation targeting lite' as described in Stone (2003). It finds that this monetary policy regime has been associated with a general reduction in inflation, principally through a reduction in inflation expectations. The credibility the Bank of Mauritius has established with its 'inflation targeting lite' regime has allowed it to shift from an emphasis on exchange rate targeting towards inflation targeting. By estimating a model in which the yield curve is modeled explicitly we are able to obtain estimates of inflation expectations.

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  • International Monetary Fund, 2005. "Inflation Targeting Lite' in Small Open Economies; The Case of Mauritius," IMF Working Papers 05/172, International Monetary Fund.
  • Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:05/172

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    1. Naqvi, Bushra & Rizvi, Syed Kumail Abbas, 2009. "Inflation Targeting Framework: Is the story different for Asian Economies?," MPRA Paper 19546, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Naqvi, Bushra & Rizvi, Syed Kumail Abbas, 2008. "What Does Pakistan Have to Join Inflation Targeters Club, A Royal Flush or A Seven-Deuce Offsuit?," MPRA Paper 19575, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. AfDB AfDB, . "Africa Competitiveness Report 2009," Africa Competitiveness Report, African Development Bank, number 11 edited by Adeleke Oluwole Salami, July-Dece.
    4. Abdelkader Aguir, 2014. "Price Stability in Open-Economy under Inflation Targeting Regime with Factors Influencing Inflation Volatility," International Finance and Banking, Macrothink Institute, vol. 1(2), pages 30-39, December.

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    Small open economies; Inflation targeting; Monetary policy; Managed exchange rates; Mauritius; inflation; inflationary expectations; foreign exchange; Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy;

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