Is gold investment a hedge against inflation in Pakistan? A co-integration and causality analysis in the presence of structural breaks
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The last few years have witnessed overwhelming investments in the gold market. Numerous studies have discussed how investment in gold is a hedge against inflation. The current study investigates whether a gold investment is a hedge against inflation in case of Pakistan. In doing so, we have used time series data on gold prices; economic growth and inflation are used for the period of 1997Q1-2011Q4. The study has applied the ARDL bounds testing approach to co-integration for the long run, and innovative accounting approach (IAA) to examine the direction of causality in variables. Our findings reveal that "investment in gold is a good hedge against inflation" not only in the long-run but also in the short-run. The implications and applications of the study are discussed in detail.
The North American Journal of Economics and Finance
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