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Inflation

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Inflation Rate Price Indexes Demand-Pull Inflation Cost-Push Inflation Upward Spiral of Prices and Wages Impacts of Inflation

Inflation
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Inflation denotes a rise in the general level of prices. The overall price level is measured by price indexes.

Deflation have been rare in the late twentieth century. .Deflation and Disinflation   Deflation occurs when the general level of prices is falling. Disinflation denotes a decline in the rate of inflation.

Each price is weighted according to the economic importance of the commodity in question. .Price Index  A price index is a weighted average of the prices of a number of goods and services.

GDP Deflator (IPD implicit price deflator) is the ratio of nominal GDP to real GDP and can thus be interpreted as the price index of all components of GDP.Price Index    CPI –Consumer Price Index measures the cost of a market basket of consumer goods and services. PPI – Producer Price Index measures the level of prices at the wholesale or producer stage. . including prices of separate classes of commodities.

Price Index    CLI –Cost of Living Index measures the cost of a market basket maintaining a certain standard of living. . cooperative and state-owned companies) and does not include VAT. Import and Export Price Indexes measure average changes in prices of goods and services that are imported or exported. The Price Index of Agricultural producers is calculated from prices collected among selected producers in agriculture (private.

Inflation Rate  Inflation rate (π) is the rate of change of general price level measured e. by CPI: CPI t  CPI t 1 t  100     CPI t 1 t = given year .g.

million or trillion percent annually. .or triple-digit range. Galloping Inflation: inflation in the double. Hyperinflation occurs when prices rise at a thousands.Three Categories of Inflation    Moderate Inflation is characterized by slowly rising prices (single-digit annual inflation rate).

Inflation  From the visibility point of view:    Open Inflation Hidden Inflation Stifled Inflation .

Inertial Inflation   Inertial Inflation is the rate of inflation that is expected and built into contracts and informal arrangements. This built-in inertial inflation rate tends to persist until a shock causes it to move up or down. .

Demand –Pull Inflation   Demand-pull inflation occurs when AD rises more rapidly than the economy’s productive potential. Demand-pull inflation can arise from:   High supply of money Excessive fiscal deficits .

much of the higher aggregate spending ends up in higher prices. E1 E AD1 AD QP Q1 Q P1 P .Demand –Pull Inflation AS P With a steep AS curve.

Cost-push inflation is a new phenomenon of modern industrial economies.Cost –Push Inflation   Cost-push inflation is resulting from rising costs during periods of high unemployment. .

Cost –Push Inflation AS1 P AS P1 P E1 E AD Q1 QP Cost-push pressures dominate when labour unions exercise market power by rising wages. Q . or when external factors drive up prices of raw materials unexpectedly.

When prices and wages are rising and are expected to continue doing so.Upward Spiral of Prices and Wages  An upward spiral of prices and wages occurs when aggregate supply and demand shift up together. businesses and workers tend to build the rate of inflation into their price and wage decisions. .

Upward Spiral of Prices and Wages AS 2 AS1 AS P E2 E1 Inertial inflation occurs when the AS and AD curves are moving steadily upward at the same rate. AD2 E AD1 AD QP Q .

a recession may occur simultaneously with high inflation. AD Q1 QP Q .Slumpflation AS1 P AS P2 P1 P E1 E As long as inertial elements driving up costs are powerful.

.people with fixed income are less able to cope with inflation Wealth redistribution – in general.Effects of Inflation  Microeconomic effects of inflation on income and wealth distribution    Consumers and investors change their habits (redistribution of expenditures) Income redistribution . those who have borrowed money are better off and it hurts those who have lent money.

export is more expensive. domestic currency depreciates → prices of imported goods are growing .Effects of Inflation  Macroeconomic effects of inflation    Consumption structure changes. Final effect of depreciations depends on price elasticity of imported and exported goods. . investment decisions became more complicated → total output falls Substitution of labour for capital (if wages are growing faster than productivity) → structural unemployment increases Exchange rate fluctuation .

There is no effect on real output. or income distribution of an inflation that is both balanced and anticipated. . efficiency.  Effects on output and economic efficiency .inflation may be associated with either a higher or lower level of output and employment.

Anti-Inlationary Policy   Fiscal policy. Government and Central bank antiinflationary measures:    Decrease of budget deficit Loan restriction Price and wage freeze . monetary policy and supplyside policy.