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Federal Funds Rate Stationarity: New Evidence

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  • Frédérique Bec

    () (THEMA - Université de Cergy-Pontoise)

  • Charbel Bassil

    () (THEMA - Université de Cergy-Pontoise)

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This paper investigates the stationarity of the Federal Funds Rate. It contributes to the existing empirical literature in two ways. First, it explores both the presence of unit root and structural changes in the federal funds rate monthly data, by allowing for interaction between these two assumptions as suggested by the recent work of Lee and Strazicich. The second contribution consists in testing formally for the number of breaks. Using monthly data from January 1960 to April 2008, we find strong evidence in favor of a stationary process with two breaks. The two breaks identified correspond respectively to the first oil shock and to the change in the Fed operating procedure in the early eighties.

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  • Frédérique Bec & Charbel Bassil, 2009. "Federal Funds Rate Stationarity: New Evidence," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 29(2), pages 867-872.
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