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Some new results on interest rate rules in EMU and in the US

  • Domenech, Rafael
  • Ledo, Mayte
  • Taguas, David

This paper offers two new results on interest rate rules. First, we show that the empirical evidence from 1970 onwards for the US is compatible with a Taylor rule when we consider the possibility of changes in the inflation target and in the real interest rate. Second, recursive estimates of a forward-looking version of the Taylor rule for EMU confirm an increasing weight for inflation in the area, possibly as a consequence of the EMS, and, furthermore, a convergence in the nineties to the German value observed for the whole period. This process has coincided with an important reduction in the deviation of inflation across EMU countries.

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Volume (Year): 54 (2002)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 431-446

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jebusi:v:54:y:2002:i:4:p:431-446
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