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Financial Liberalization and Inflationary Dynamics in the Context of a Small Open Economy

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  • Rangan Gupta

    (University of Connecticut and University of Pretoria)

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The paper develops a short-run model of a small open financially repressed economy characterized by unorganized money markets, capital good imports, capital mobility, wage indexation, and flexible exchange rates. The analysis shows that financial liberalization, in the form of an increased rate of interest on deposits and tight monetary policy, unambiguously and unconditionally causes deflation. Moreover, the results do not depend on the degree of capital mobility and structure of wage setting. The paper recommends that a small open developing economy should deregulate interest rates and tighten monetary policy if reducing inflation is a priority. The pre-requisite for such a policy, however, requires the establishment of a flexible exchange rate regime.

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  • Rangan Gupta, 2005. "Financial Liberalization and Inflationary Dynamics in the Context of a Small Open Economy," Working papers 2005-39, University of Connecticut, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:uct:uconnp:2005-39
    Note: This is a revised version of a paper that was written as a part of my coursework in Monetary Theory and Policy at the University of Connecticut. I am particularly grateful to Professor Stephen M. Miller for many helpful comments.
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    Keywords

    Financial Liberalization; Inflation; Small open economy.;

    JEL classification:

    • E31 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Price Level; Inflation; Deflation
    • E44 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy
    • E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy
    • F41 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Open Economy Macroeconomics

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