TAMING INDIAN INFLATION
Rahul Anand, Paul Cashin (eds)
Publication Year 2017
Pages 242 pages
Sale Territory World (Except USA and Canada)
About the Book
High and persistent inflation has presented serious macroeconomic challenges in India in recent years, increasing the country’s domestic and external vulnerabilities. A number of factors underpin India’s high inflation. This book analyzes various facets of Indian inflation—the causes, consequences, and policies being implemented to manage it.
Several chapters are devoted to analyzing and managing food inflation, given its significance in driving overall inflation dynamics in India. Building on this analysis of inflation dynamics, some chapters discuss the role of monetary policy in taming inflation, which is relevant for the country given the economic and social costs of its high and persistent inflation. The authors document the costs, as well as the spillovers of Indian inflation to neighboring countries. The role of monetary policy in combating inflation is also explored. The authors find that having a clear, easy to understand, and transparent rule can help with the formation of accurate and realistic inflation expectations. Moreover, implementing such a rule can help build and enhance the credibility of the monetary authority and thereby increase the effectiveness of monetary policy in achieving and maintaining price stability.
PART I CAUSES OF INFLATION
1 Inflation Dynamics in India: What Can We Learn from Phillips Curves? / Roberto F. Guimarães and Laura Papi
2 Reconsidering the Role of Food Prices in Inflation / James P. Walsh
3 Food Inflation in India / Prachi Mishra and Devesh Roy
4 Understanding India’s Food Inflation Through the Lens of Demand and Supply / Rahul Anand, Naresh Kumar, and Volodymyr Tulin
PART II CONSEQUENCES OF INFLATION
5 Does Inflation Slow Long-Term Growth in India? / Kamiar Mohaddes and Mehdi Raissi
6 Inflation and Income Inequality in China and India: Is Food Inflation Different? / James P. Walsh and Jiangyan Yu
7 Transmission of India’s Inflation to Neighboring Countries / Sonali Das, Adil Mohommad, and Yasuhisa Ojima
PART III POLICIES TO AFFECT INFLATION
8 Monetary Policy Transmission in India / Sonali Das
9 Food Inflation in India: What Role for Monetary Policy? / Rahul Anand and Volodymyr Tulin
10 Inflation and Monetary Policy in Small Open Economies / Paul Cashin and Agustín Roitman
About the Author / Editor
Rahul Anand is Assistant to the Director in the IMF’s Institute for Capacity Development.
Paul Cashin is Assistant Director in the Asia-Pacific Department and Mission Chief for India.