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Title:Inflation and economic growth: evidence from the Southern African Development Community
Authors:Bittencourt, Manoel
Eyden, Renée vanISNI
Seleteng, Monaheng
Periodical:South African Journal of Economics (ISSN 0038-2280)
Geographic term:Southern Africa
economic development
economic models
External link:https://doi.org/10.1111/saje.12075
Abstract:In this paper, the authors investigate the role of inflation rates in determining economic growth in 15 sub-Saharan African countries, which are all members of the Southern African Development Community, between 1980 and 2009. The results, based on panel time-series data and analysis (the authors use the fixed effects and fixed effects with instrumental variables estimators to account for heterogeneity and endogeneity in thin panels), suggest that inflation has had a detrimental effect to growth in the community. The auhtos highlight that inflation has offset the Mundell-Tobin effect and consequently reduced the much needed economic activity in the community, and also the importance of an institutional framework conducive to a stable macroeconomic environment as a precondition for development and prosperity in the community. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]