Forced Savings and Repressed Inflation in the Soviet Union: Some Empirical Results

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Carlo Cottarelli

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Date Written: June 1991

Abstract

In countries such as the Soviet Union, where wealth is mainly stored in monetary assets, the behavior of the money to income ratio is a poor indicator of the growth of undesired monetary balances (monetary overhang). In those countries a monetary overhang is primarily a wealth overhang, which has to be analyzed by evaluating deviations of actual from desired wealth holdings; this requires an empirical analysis of consumption and saving decisions. In this paper, we present estimates of a consumption function for the Soviet Union, from which an evaluation of the monetary overhang existing at the end of 1990 is derived.

JEL Classification: D12, E21, E41, P22

Suggested Citation

Cottarelli, Carlo, Forced Savings and Repressed Inflation in the Soviet Union: Some Empirical Results (June 1991). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=884851 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.884851

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