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On Real Interest Rate Persistence: The Role of Breaks

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  • Alfred A. Haug

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    (Department of Economics, University of Otago, New Zealand)

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The role of structural breaks in long spans of ex-post real interest rates for ten industrialized countries is studied. First, the persistence of the real interest is assessed with newly proposed low-frequency tests of Muller and Watson (2008). Second, the test of Leybourne et al. (2007) for a change in persistence of a time-series is applied to the real interest rate. The results show that real interest rates over the full sample period do not ï¬t a covariance-stationary or unit-root model, nor a fractionally-integrated, near-unit-root or local-level model. Instead, the persistence of real rates changes over time and there are periods when the real rate is covariance stationary and other periods when it follows a unit root process.

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Paper provided by University of Otago, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 1303.

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Length: 18 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2013
Date of revision: Jan 2013
Handle: RePEc:otg:wpaper:1303

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Keywords: Real interest rates; persistence of a time series; breaks in persistence;

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