Does the exogeneity of oil prices matter in the oil price-macro-economy relationship for Ghana?

Zankawah, Mutawakil M. and Stewart, Chris (2019) Does the exogeneity of oil prices matter in the oil price-macro-economy relationship for Ghana? (Discussion Paper) Kingston upon Thames, U.K. : School of Law, Social and Behavioural Sciences. 47 p. (Economics Discussion Paper, no. 2019-2)

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Abstract

Using annual data from 1971 to 2014 we consider whether the relationship between crude oil prices and the macro-economy in the relatively small economy of Ghana is affected by the treatment of crude oil prices as exogenous or endogenous. We use vector autoregressions, vector error-correction models, scenario-based dynamic forecasting, and autoregressive distributive lag specifications. There is little evidence that international crude oil prices have a significant negative effect on Ghana’s output in either the short-run and long-run, regardless of whether crude oil prices are treated as exogenous or endogenous. This implies that increases in crude oil prices do not put a binding constraint on the monetary authorities to loosen monetary policy to offset its adverse effect on output. If inflation is a priority, policy makers could focus on inflation stabilization by tightening monetary policy when oil prices rise.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ghana; oil prices; exogeneity; macro-economy
Research Area: Economics and econometrics
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Law, Social and Behavioural Sciences
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Depositing User: Andrea Ingianni
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2019 09:34
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2019 09:34
DOI: 2019-2
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/42931

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