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Inflation Targeting Arrangements in Asia: Exploring the Role of the Exchange Rate

  • Tony Cavoli


    (School of Economics, University of Adelaide, Australia)

  • Ramkishen S. Rajan


    (School of Public Policy, George Mason University, VA, USA)

Since the Asian crisis it has been recognized that exchange rate and monetary policy strategies must involve a “fairly high” element of flexibility rather than a single-minded defense of a particular rate. One way this flexibility might be introduced is by a country adopting an open economy inflation targeting arrangement. This particular policy regime has been officially implemented in several Asian countries in recent years, but the normative implications of inflation targeting appear at times to be at odds with the requirements regarding exchange rate flexibility. This paper presents an analysis of some of the issues relevant to Asian central banks implementing an inflation targeting arrangement with specific focus on the role of the exchange rate.

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Paper provided by National University of Singapore, Department of Economics, SCAPE in its series SCAPE Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 0603.

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Length: 20 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2006
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Handle: RePEc:sca:scaewp:0603
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