Another look at global disinflation

BIS Working Papers  |  No 283  | 
11 May 2009


This paper highlights relative price adjustments taking place in the global economy as important sources of the lower levels of inflation rates observed in the recent decades. Using a markup model, it shows substantial effects from declines in wage costs and import prices relative to consumer prices. Out of the 5 percentage point decline in the inflation rates in eight OECD countries from 1970-1989 to 1990-2006, global shocks to two relative prices account for more than 1.5 percentage points, while a monetary policy shock accounts for another 1 percentage point.

JEL Classification Numbers: E31, F02, F41

Keywords: markup model, open-economy New Keynesian Phillips curve, dynamic factor model, global disinflation