Staff Working Papers
This paper examines the sensitivity of the Ghanaian economy to external demand, supply and financial conditions using a Bayesian Vector Autoregression (BVAR) model. The results of the analysis show that external factors play an important role in the Ghanaian economy and that domestic fundamentals may either act to amplify or dampen the impact of these external developments on the Ghanaian economy.
This paper reviews issues associated with the choice of the current policy framework in Ghana, in particular, focusing on the factors associated with the choice and also the practical aspects of implementation as well as its effects on the performance of inflation and output and on the trade-off between inflation and output variability
This study examines the sustainability of fiscal policy in Ghana by exploring government’s reaction to rising public debt accumulation via the estimation of a fiscal reaction function. Findings suggest that government’s fiscal behaviour is consistent with the intertemporal budget constraint, but the fiscal adjustment appears to be very low. In particular, evidence of significant fiscal pressures in recent years persists, largely driven by fiscal excesses during election cycles.
In this paper, we estimate the pass-through impact of exchange rate movements on domestic prices between January 1994 and December 2012, using a recursive VAR. The model consists of six variables, which are ordered as: oil prices, output gap, exchange rate, non-food prices, overall consumer prices, and money market interest rates with the implicit assumption that the identified shocks contemporaneously impact variables ordered after the shock without a contemporaneous feedback.
Fiscal policy involves the use of government expenditure and taxation to influence the level and direction of economic activity in an economy. In periods of economic slowdown, fiscal authorities can prop up growth in economic activity by either increasing government spending or lowering taxes or do both whereas in times of overheated economy, government expenditure is lowered or taxes increased or both.
Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) constitutes a major source of financing and provides the much needed capital to expand economic opportunities in many developing countries. FDI inflows constitute a stable source of current account financing and enhances the growth potential of developing countries through the multiplier effects of technology transfer and increased competition
In sub-Saharan Africa, private capital flows constitutes a major source of capital to meet financing requirements aimed at economic expansion.
In July 2007, the Cedi was re-denominated by removing four (4) zeros such that the ¢10,000 note was made equivalent to a new GH¢1 note. Among the expected benefits were that the re-denomination exercise would result in a reduction in transactions costs and overall risks of carrying large volumes of notes and also simplify accounting records.