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The volatile relationship between deficits and inflation in Ukraine, 1992-1996

Georges Ménil

The Economics of Transition, 1997, vol. 5, issue 2, 485-497

Abstract: This paper compares the annual average of inflation in Ukraine, from 1992 to 1996, with its steady-state tendency each year. The steady-state tendency is, in turn, computed from data on monetary velocity and on the proportion of the total public deficit financed by domestic monetary emissions. Velocity is that of the base of the inflation tax in the steady-state, namely household M2 plus a fraction of enterprise M2. The use of this concept rather than high-powered money corresponds to the public and quasi-public nature of most commercial banks and many large and medium-sized enterprises until 1996. The demonstrated rough correspondence between actual inflation and calculated, steady-state inflation confirms the validity of the underlying monetary model. Copyright The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, 1997.

Date: 1997
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