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The yield curve, recessions, and the credibility of the monetary regime: long-run evidence, 1875-1997

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  • Michael D. Bordo
  • Joseph G. Haubrich

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This paper brings historical evidence to bear on the stylized fact that the yield curve predicts future growth. The spread between corporate bonds and commercial paper reliably predicts future growth over the period 1875-1997. This predictability varies over time, however, particularly across different monetary regimes. In accord with our proposed theory, regimes with low credibility (high persistence of inflation) tend to have better predictability.

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Paper provided by Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland in its series Working Paper with number 0402.

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Keywords: Interest rates ; Bonds ; Monetary policy;

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