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Title:The decline of the exchange rate pass-through in Brazil: Explaining the "fear of floating" PDF Logo
Authors:Schönerwald da Silva, Carlos Eduardo
Vernengo, Matías
Issue Date:2008
Series/Report no.:Working Paper, University of Utah, Department of Economics 2008-11
Abstract:This paper argues that the pass-through in Brazil has fallen compared with estimates in other studies on earlier time periods, and remains low. Whereas pass-through effects where high and close to 1 in the high-inflation period, they seem to have fallen to around 0.2 after the Real Plan stabilization, a number that is similar to the Import Substitution Industrialization (ISI) period of the 1950s and 1960s. Conventional results suggests that low and stable inflation environments lead to low levels of exchange rate pass-through and thus contribute to weakening the 'fear of floating' phenomenon experienced by some developing countries. In spite of lower pass-through effects the Brazilian Central Bank has maintained high interest rates in order to control the exchange rate. This paper suggests that 'fear of inflation' provides justification for the central bank's persistent 'fear of floating.'
Subjects:Pass-Through
Inflation
Brazil
JEL:E58
F41
O54
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Department of Economics Working Paper Series, University of Utah

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