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Persistence of inflationary shocks: Implications for West African Monetary Union Membership

Alagidede, P., Coleman, S. and Cuestas, J.C. (2010) Persistence of inflationary shocks: Implications for West African Monetary Union Membership. Working Paper. Department of Economics, University of Sheffield ISSN 1749-8368

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Abstract

Plans are far advanced to form a second monetary union, the West African Monetary Zone (WAMZ), in Africa. While much attention is being placed on convergence criteria and preparedness of the five aspiring member states, less attention is being placed on the extent to which the dynamics of inflation in individual countries are (dis)similar. This paper aims to stimulate debate on the long term sustainability of the union by examining the dynamics of inflation within these countries. Using Fractional Integration (FI) methods, we establish that some significant differences exist among the countries. Shocks to inflation in Sierra Leone are non mean reverting; results for The Gambia, Ghana and Guinea-Bissau suggest some inflation persistence, despite being mean reverting. Some policy implications are discussed and some warnings are raised.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Keywords: Inflationary shocks, fractional integration, stationarity, West Africa, Monetary unions
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > Department of Economics (Sheffield) > Sheffield Economics Research Papers Series
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2010 12:48
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2014 17:22
Published Version: http://www.shef.ac.uk/economics/research/serps/yea...
Status: Published
Publisher: Department of Economics, University of Sheffield
Identification Number: Sheffield Economic Research Paper Series 2010020
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/42667

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