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Middle East and North African countries' vulnerability to commodity price increases

Loening, Josef L. and Ianchovichina, Elena (2011): Middle East and North African countries' vulnerability to commodity price increases. Published in: World Bank Middle East and North Africa Region , Vol. Facing, No. Regional Economic Update (May 2011): pp. 17-22.

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Abstract

New estimates of pass-through coefficients for the Middle East and North Africa indicate that a rise of global food prices is transmitted to a significant degree into domestic food prices. Over the past decade, transmission from international to domestic prices has been particularly high for Egypt, Iraq, Djibouti, United Arab Emirates and West Bank and Gaza, while being particularly low in Tunisia and Algeria. Where international food price increases translate into domestic prices, overall inflation tends to be higher.

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