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High real interest rates in the aftermath of disinflation: is it a lack of credibility?

  • Kaminsky, Graciela L.
  • Leiderman, Leonardo

High real interest rates have been observed in many countries for several months after the adoption of disinflation programs. While they may reflect primarily a liquidity crunch, high ex post real interest rates can also be explained in terms of an ex post error in inflation expectations that reflects a lack of credibility of the low-inflation policy. The latter hypothesis is tested using data for Argentina, Israel, and Mexico during the implementation of the stabilization programs in the mid-1980s.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Development Economics.

Volume (Year): 55 (1998)
Issue (Month): 1 (February)
Pages: 191-214

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Handle: RePEc:eee:deveco:v:55:y:1998:i:1:p:191-214
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