Reinhart, Carmen and Wickham, Peter (1994): Commodity Prices: Cyclical Weakness or Secular Decline? Published in: IMF Staff Papers , Vol. 41, No. 2 (June 1994): pp. 175-213.
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Primary commodities still account for the bulk of exports in many developing countries. However, real commodity prices have been declining almost continuously since the early 1980s. The appropriate policy response to a terms of trade shock depends importantly on whether the shock is perceived to be temporary or permanent. Our results indicate that the recent weakness in commodity prices is mostly secular, stressing the need for commodity exporting countries to concentrate on export diversification and other structural policies. There is, however, scope for stabilization funds and the use of hedging strategies, since the evidence also suggests commodity prices have become more volatile.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Commodity Prices: Cyclical Weakness or Secular Decline?|
|Subjects:||E - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics > E3 - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles > E32 - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C2 - Single Equation Models; Single Variables > C22 - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models
E - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics > E3 - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles
|Depositing User:||Carmen Reinhart|
|Date Deposited:||09. Apr 2008 04:47|
|Last Modified:||12. Feb 2013 16:59|
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