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Some new results on interest rate rules in EMU and in the US

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  • Rafael Domenech
  • Mayte Ledo
  • David Taguas

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This paper offers two new results on interest rate rules. First, we show that the empirical evidence from 1970 onwards for the US is compatible with a Taylor rule when we consider the possibility of changes in the inflation target and in the real interest rate. Second, recursive estimates of a forward-looking version of the Taylor rule for EMU confirm an increasing weight for inflation in the area, possibly as a consequence of the EMS, and, furthermore, a convergence in the nineties to the German value observed for the whole period. This process has coincided with an important reduction in the deviation of inflation across EMU countries.

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Paper provided by BBVA Bank, Economic Research Department in its series Working Papers with number 0002.

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