Inflation Dynamics in Turkey: In Pursuit of a Domestic Cost Measure

Inflation Dynamics in Turkey: In Pursuit of a Domestic Cost Measure

Title:

Inflation Dynamics in Turkey: In Pursuit of a Domestic Cost Measure

Number:

14/20

Author(s):

Selen Başer Andıç, Hande Küçük, Fethi Öğünç

Language:

English

Date:

June 2014

Abstract:

We provide Bayesian estimates of an empirical model of consumer price inflation for Turkey based on the hybrid New Keynesian Phillips Curve. We decompose real marginal costs into domestic and foreign components and focus particularly on identifying the effect of the domestic component. We find that the baseline model which uses output gap as a measure of domestic real marginal costs does a better job in explaining consumer price inflation compared to alternative models which incorporate real unit labor costs. On the other hand, estimations for services inflation point to the importance of real unit labor costs for this sector.

Keywords:

Inflation, Real marginal costs, Phillips Curve, Turkey

JEL Codes:

E12; E31; E37

Inflation Dynamics in Turkey: In Pursuit of a Domestic Cost Measure
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