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The rocky ride of break-even inflation rates

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  • Marielle de Jong

    () (Sinopia Asset Management)

  • Gilbert Cette

    () (Banque de France and Université de la Méditerrannée)

Abstract

The correlation matrix between break-even inflation rate movements and real interest rate movements across several countries shows puzzling features. Correlation is significantly positive for nearly all cross-border pairs whereas it is nil, positive or negative unsystematically within countries. By means of a correlation matrix decomposition, we give an explanation for this puzzle.

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  • Marielle de Jong & Gilbert Cette, 2008. "The rocky ride of break-even inflation rates," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 5(31), pages 1-8.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-08e40007
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    1. Gilbert Cette & Marielle de Jong, 2013. "Breakeven inflation rates and their puzzling correlation relationships," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 45(18), pages 2579-2585, June.
    2. Gilbert Cette & Marielle Jong, 2013. "Market-implied inflation and growth rates adversely affected by the Brent," Post-Print hal-01499631, HAL.

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    Keywords

    Inflation-linked bonds;

    JEL classification:

    • E4 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates
    • G1 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets

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