DP11787 Israel's Triumph over Inflation: The Long and Winding Road

Author(s): Assaf Razin
Publication Date: January 2017
Keyword(s): Deflation-Depression forces, Hyperinflation, Stabilization
JEL(s): E00, E6, F3, F38
Programme Areas: International Macroeconomics and Finance
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The paper gives an economic-history perspective of the long struggle with Inflation. It covers the early acceleration to three-digit levels, lasting 8 years; The stabilization program, based on political backing triggered sharp fall in inflationary expectation, and consequently to sharp inflation reduction to two- digit levels; The convergence to the advanced countries' levels during the "great Moderation", And Israel's resistance to the deflation-depression forces that the 2008 crisis created. The emphasis is on the forces of globalization and the building of institutions, political, regulatory, financial, budget design, and monetary, which helped stabilize prices and output.