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What Moves OECD Real Interest Rates?

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  • Driffill, John
  • Snell, Andrew

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This paper conducts a structural time-series analysis of ex-ante real interest rates of the five major OECD economies. The relationships of rates to permanent and temporary real and nominal shocks appear to be qualitatively consistent with predictions of stochastic general equilibrium business cycle models. U.S. real and nominal shocks are found to be the most important causes of persistence in rates, but only nominal shocks cause dynamic movements that are coherent across all countries. The rise in real interest rates in the early 1980s was mainly due to nominal shocks; real shocks played little or no role.

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Article provided by Blackwell Publishing in its journal Journal of Money, Credit and Banking.

Volume (Year): 35 (2003)
Issue (Month): 3 (June)
Pages: 375-402

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Handle: RePEc:mcb:jmoncb:v:35:y:2003:i:3:p:375-402

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  5. Herwartz, Helmut & Reimers, Hans-Eggert, 2006. "Modelling the Fisher hypothesis: World wide evidence," Economics Working Papers 2006,04, Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel, Department of Economics.
  6. Ari Aisen & David Hauner, 2008. "Budget Deficits and Interest Rates," IMF Working Papers 08/42, International Monetary Fund.
  7. Helmut Herwartz & Hans-Eggert Reimers, 2006. "Panel non stationary tests of the Fisher hypothesis in a world wide context. An analysis of 114 economies during the period 1960-2004," Applied Econometrics and International Development, Euro-American Association of Economic Development, vol. 6(3).

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