Monetary Dynamics of Inflation in China


The author thanks two anonymous referees and the journal editor for their constructive suggestions. The research is supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 71173224), Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, and the Research Funds of Renmin University of China.


This paper investigates both the short-run and the long-run relationships between monetary growth and inflation in China between 1980 and 2010. We construct multivariate dynamic models based on Friedman’s quantity theory of money (but permitting money to be endogenous) and Meltzer’s monetarist model. The empirical results provide robust evidence that there is a bilateral causal relationship between monetary growth and inflation as well as between monetary growth and output growth. An indirect and implicit causal relationship between monetary growth and inflation is found through the asset inflation channel. There are also long-run equilibrium relationships between money stock, price index and other relevant variables. The present paper further provides a historical exploration of the mechanism of the monetary dynamics of inflation in China over the underlying period. We conclude that the monetary growth rule is likely to be the most promising policy orientation for China to manage its inflation.