The IMF Country Reports Series covers economic and financial developments and trends in member countries. Each report, prepared by a staff team after discussions with officials of the country, is published at the option of the member.
This Selected Issues paper analyzes empirically the main determinants of Hungary's inflation rate during 1990-96. Although there exist a number of possible methodologies to analyze this issue, the one proposed in the paper takes explicit account of the time-series properties of the variables that are potential candidates for explaining Hungary's inflation performance. This leads to the specification of a long-term equation, linking consumer prices to a number of macroeconomic variables as well as to proxies for relative price shocks. The paper also examines the external current account and net foreign assets in Hungary.