Asymmetric Causality Between Inflation and Uncertainty: Evidences from 33 Developed and Developing Countries

  • Mehdi HajaminiEmail author
Original Article


Empirical studies have provided conflicting findings about the relationship between inflation and inflation uncertainty. Thus, the direction of the causality is still questionable. The present paper is aimed to extend the existing literature using non-linearity models and asymmetric causality tests. For this purpose, the data for 33 developed and developing countries during 1988Q4-2016Q3 is used. The results showed an asymmetry in the inflation behavior which is specified by smooth transition process, as well as separating positive and negative shocks observed in causality test. The asymmetric causality between inflation and inflation uncertainty is confirmed in most countries, although the empirical evidence in favor of Cukierman-Meltzer hypothesis is found to be weaker than Friedman-Ball hypothesis.


Inflation Inflation uncertainty Smooth transition autoregressive Asymmetric causality 

JEL classification

C22 C32 E31 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsYazd UniversityYazdIran

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