Asymmetries in Commodity Price Behaviour

Many developing countries are dependent on commodity prices as their main source of income. Additional income from commodity price booms can benefit the economies of low income countries that are reliant on a few commodities, while a slump in commodity prices can be harmful. Policy prescriptions can be potentially catastrophic if the income from a commodity boom is diagnosed as permanent when in actual fact turns out to be temporary. It is no surprise therefore, why the dynamic properties of commodity prices in relation to manufactures has been of great interest to economists and policy makers. .../...

Ghoshray A."Asymmetries in Commodity Price Behaviour" Ferdi Note brève B143, décembre 2015