American Journal of Economics and Business Administration

SINGLE-DIGIT INFLATION TARGETING AND ECONOMIC GROWTH

Richard Ayisi

DOI : 10.3844/ajebasp.2013.22.28

American Journal of Economics and Business Administration

Volume 5, Issue 1

Pages 22-28

Abstract

In recent times, most central banks have adopted inflation-targeting monetary policy approach aimed primarily to achieve single-digit inflation. Though, the literature suggest that low level of inflation promotes economic growth, the literature is silent on the threshold inflation level needed to promote growth. Studies in developing countries that seek to estimate the threshold level of inflation that promotes economic growth do not support single-digit inflation level. The question that arises is whether single-digit inflation support economic growth. The study thus investigate whether single-digit inflation has any positive effect on economic growth and whether inflation-targeting policy promotes economic growth. The study used annual time series data spanning from 1965 to 2011 for Ghana. Using autoregressive distributed lag model technique, the study found that single-digit inflation has no significant effect on economic growth both in the short and long run. However, the findings of the study supports inflation targeting policy as growth enhancing tool in both short and long run.

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© 2013 Richard Ayisi. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.