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Dynamics of Intra-EMS Interest Rate Linkages

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  • Christopher F. Baum

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    (Boston College
    DIW Berlin)

  • John Barkoulas

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    (Georgia Southern University)

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A number of previous studies have questioned the dominant role of Germany within the EMS. These conclusions are often based on empirical findings that interest rates of member countries of the EMS are not affected by German interest rates, even in the long run. In this study we establish evidence to the contrary by demonstrating that intra-EMS interest rate differentials (vis-a-vis Germany) exhibit mean-reverting behavior (a necessary but not sufficient condition for German dominance) characterized by long-memory dynamics. In a system incorporating six EMS countries and one non-EMS country (the U.S.), estimates from a fractional error correction model suggest the presence of short-run intra-EMS monetary-policy interdependencies, but they validate the German Dominance Hypothesis in the long run.

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Paper provided by Boston College Department of Economics in its series Boston College Working Papers in Economics with number 492.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: 13 Feb 2001
Date of revision: 04 May 2004
Publication status: published, Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, 2006, 38, 469-482
Handle: RePEc:boc:bocoec:492

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Keywords: EMS; interest rates; German dominance; mean reversion; monetary policy;

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