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Importing Credible Monetary Policy: A Way for Transition Economies to Fight Inflation?


  • Steven F. Kreft

    (Department of Business Economics and Public Policy, Indiana University Kelley School of Business)

  • Elham Mafi-Kreft

    (Department of Business Economics and Public Policy, Indiana University Kelley School of Business)


In the 1990s, transition economies were rearranging their monetary regimes. This paper compares the chosen regimes based on the level of discretionary power and the ability to control inflation. Results show that non-discretionary regimes produce lower and more stable inflation.

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  • Steven F. Kreft & Elham Mafi-Kreft, 2004. "Importing Credible Monetary Policy: A Way for Transition Economies to Fight Inflation?," Working Papers 2004-17, Indiana University, Kelley School of Business, Department of Business Economics and Public Policy.
  • Handle: RePEc:iuk:wpaper:2004-17

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    1. Hammermann, Felix & Flanagan, Mark, 2007. "What Explains Persistent Inflation Differentials Across Transition Economies?," Kiel Working Papers 1373, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).
    2. Hammermann, Felix, 2007. "Nonmonetary Determinants of Inflation in Romania: A Decomposition," Kiel Working Papers 1322, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).

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