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The Term Structures of Interest Rates in the New and Prospective EU Countries

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  • Minoas Koukouritakis

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    (Department of Economics, University of Crete, Greece)

  • Leo Michelis

    (Department of Economics, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada)

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This paper uses cointegration and common trends techniques to investigate empirically the expectations hypothesis of the term structure of interest rates for the 10 new EU countries, along with Bulgaria and Romania. The empirical results support the expectations theory of the term structure for all countries except Malta. By decomposing each term structure into its transitory and permanent components, we also analyze short run and long run interdependence among the term structures of interest rates in these countries. Our results indicate weak linkages among the term structures of the 10 new EU countries, and strong linkages between Bulgaria and Romania that hope to join the EU in 2007.

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Paper provided by University of Crete, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 0505.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: 00 2005
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Handle: RePEc:crt:wpaper:0505

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Keywords: Term Structure; EU Enlargement; Cointegration; Common Trends; Granger Causality;

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