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The impact of economic and monetary uncertainty on the demand for money in emerging economies

Mohsen Bahmani-Oskooee (), Ali Kutan () and Dan Xi

Applied Economics, 2013, vol. 45, issue 23, 3278-3287

Abstract: By introducing uncertainty, monetary volatility and economic volatility are said to make the public cautious, hence increase their cash holdings or their demand for money. On the other hand, because of monetary and economic uncertainty if the public seek safer assets than money, they may hold less cash. In the absence of any paper testing for the impact of economic and monetary uncertainty on the demand for money in emerging economies, this article fills the gap by considering the experiences of six Central and Eastern European emerging economies and four other emerging economies. We found that the impact is transitory in most countries. Moreover, money demand is found correctly specified and stable in most countries, suggesting that policy based on monetary targeting could still be effective despite significant output and monetary uncertainty.

Date: 2013
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