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Term Structure Linkages Among the New EU Countries and the EMU

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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 in the 10 new EU countries, and the 2 core EMU countries, France and Germany. By decomposing each term structure into its transitory and permanent components, we also analyze the possible short run and long run linkages among the term structures of these countries. The empirical results support the expectations theory of the term structure for all countries except Malta. Further, they point to both weak short run linkages and several strong long run linkages among the monetary policies of the 10 new EU and the core of the EMU. The group of the Central European countries and Latvia are prominent in the latter case.

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Paper provided by University of Crete, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 0515.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: 00 2005
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Handle: RePEc:crt:wpaper:0515

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

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  1. Nikolaos Giannellis & Athanasios Papadopoulos, 2005. "Estimating the Equilibrium Effective Exchange Rate for Potential EMU members," Working Papers 0719, University of Crete, Department of Economics, revised 08 Mar 2007.

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