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Near unit root and the relationship between inflation and interest rates: A reexamination of the Fisher effect

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  • Markku Lanne

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    (Research Unit on Economic Structures and Growth, Department of Economics, P.O. Box 54 , FIN-00014 University of Helsinki, Finland)

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Tests of the Fisher effect are plagued by high persistence in interest rates. Instead of standard regression analysis and asymptotic results, methods relying on local-to-unity asymptotics are employed in testing for the Fisher effect with monthly U.S. data covering the period 1953:1-1990:12. These procedures are extensions of a recently presented method (Cavanagh, Elliott and Stock (1995)) based on simultaneous confidence intervals, and they have the advantage of being asymptotically valid whether interest rates are integrated of order one or zero, or near unit root processes. Taking appropriately account of the near unit root problem the findings in most of the previous literature are reconfirmed. There is support for the Fisher effect in the interest rate targeting period (1953:1-1979:10) of the Federal Reserve but not in the 1979:11-1990:12 period.

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Volume (Year): 26 (2001)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 357-366

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Handle: RePEc:spr:empeco:v:26:y:2001:i:2:p:357-366

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Keywords: Fisher effect · near unit root · monetary policy;

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  2. Brissimis, Sophocles & Migiakis, Petros, 2010. "Inflation persistence and the rationality of inflation expectations," MPRA Paper 29052, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Lanne , Markku, 2002. "Nonlinear dynamics of interest rate and inflation," Research Discussion Papers 21/2002, Bank of Finland.
  4. Lai, Kon S., 2008. "The puzzling unit root in the real interest rate and its inconsistency with intertemporal consumption behavior," Journal of International Money and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 27(1), pages 140-155, February.
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  9. Lai, Kon S., 2004. "On structural shifts and stationarity of the ex ante real interest rate," International Review of Economics & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 13(2), pages 217-228.
  10. Dimitris A. Georgoutsos & Petros M. Migiakis, 2009. "Benchmark bonds interactions under regime shifts," Working Papers 103, Bank of Greece.

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