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

Assaf Razin

NBER Working Paper No. 23061
Issued in January 2017
NBER Program(s):International Finance and Macroeconomics

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.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w23061

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