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A Factorial Decomposition Of Inflation In Peru, An Alternative Measure Of Core Inflation

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  • Alberto Humala

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  • Gabriel Rodríguez

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A dynamic factorial decomposition model of inflation is estimated using Peruvian monthly data for 1995:01-2008:07. This model allows identification of changes in three relevant ináation components: idiosyncratic relative prices, aggregate relative prices, and absolute prices. Furthermore, following Reis and Watson (2007), the model allows measuring pure inflation as the common factor in the inflation rate that has a proportionate effect to all prices and that is not correlated with relative price changes at any period of time. This pure inflation estimate relates closely to standard measures of core inflation. Results are robust to different lag structures and various stochastic assumptions on the estimated factors.

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  • Alberto Humala & Gabriel Rodríguez, 2011. "A Factorial Decomposition Of Inflation In Peru, An Alternative Measure Of Core Inflation," Documentos de Trabajo / Working Papers 2011-315, Departamento de Economía - Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.
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    1. Wojciech Charemza & Imran Husssain Shah, 2013. "Stability price index, core inflation and output volatility," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 20(8), pages 737-741, May.

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    Keywords

    Factoral Decomposition / Pure Inflation / Core Inflation / Price Changes;

    JEL classification:

    • C32 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models; Diffusion Processes; State Space Models
    • C43 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics - - - Index Numbers and Aggregation
    • E31 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Price Level; Inflation; Deflation

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