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Financial Liberalization and Inflationary Dynamics: An Open Economy Analysis

  • Rangan Gupta

    (University of Connecticut and University of Pretoria)

The paper analyzes the effects of financial liberalization on inflation. We develop a monetary and endogenous growth, dynamic general equilibrium model of a small open semi-industrialized economy, with financial intermediaries subjected to obligatory "high" reserve ratio, serving as the source of financial repression. When calibrated to four Southern European semi-industrialized countries, namely Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal, that typically had high reserve requirements, the model indicates a positive inflation-financial repression relationship irrespective of the the specification of preferences. But the strength of the relationship obtained from the model is found to be much smaller in size than the corresponding empirical estimates.

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Paper provided by University of Connecticut, Department of Economics in its series Working papers with number 2005-32.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2005
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Handle: RePEc:uct:uconnp:2005-32
Note: This is a revised version of the third chapter of my dissertation at the University of Connecticut. I am particularly grateful to my major advisor Christian Zimmermann for many helpful comments and discussions. All remaining errors are mine.
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