Ruhr Economic Papers

Ruhr Economic Papers #323

Effects of Global Liquidity on Commodity and Food Prices

by Ansgar Belke, Ingo G. Bordon and Ulrich Volz

University of Duisburg-Essen, 03/2012, 28 S./p., 8 Euro, ISBN 978-3-86788-372-6 DOI: 10.4419/86788372



This paper investigates the relationship between global liquidity and commodity and food prices applying a global cointegrated vector-autoregressive model. We use different measures of global liquidity and various indices of commodity and food prices for the period 1980–2011. Our results support the hypothesis that there is a positive long-run relation between global liquidity and the development of food and commodity prices, and that food and commodity prices adjust significantly to this cointegrating relation. Global liquidity, in contrast, does not adjust, it drives the relationship.

JEL-Classification: E52, E58, C32

Keywords: Commodity prices; food prices; global liquidity; cointegration; CVAR analysis