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Term spread and real economic activity in Korea: was the crisis predictable?

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  • Ivan Paya
  • Kent Matthews

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This paper has three objectives. First, it examines the link between the term spread (difference between long-term and short-term rate of interest) and GDP growth in the Korean economy for the period 1980-1999. Second, it tests for the independent information content of the term spread by including current and expected monetary policy indicators. Third, it explores the usefulness of the spread as a leading indicator of recessions and poses the question, was the crisis of 1997-1998 predictable?

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Applied Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 11 (2004)
Issue (Month): 13 ()
Pages: 797-801

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Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:11:y:2004:i:13:p:797-801

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