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Financial Innovations and the Distributional Effects of Interest Rate Changes in the UK


  • Philip Arestis

    (Polytechnic of East London)

  • Peter Howells

    (Polytechnic of East London)


Two alternative functional forms of the demand for money that focus on how an economy as a whole adjusts its cash balances have been discussed in the literature. One functional form is obtained by regarding the money supply as exogenous and the price level as endogenous and the other by regarding the money supply as endogenous and the price level as exogenous. In this paper the author has offered a third view, a general view which regards both variables as endogenous such that the two alternative views are special cases. Subjecting these hypotheses to empirical testing, the author finds that the Canadian data for the period of 1973-86 reject the two special hypotheses in favor of his general specification.

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  • Philip Arestis & Peter Howells, 1991. "Financial Innovations and the Distributional Effects of Interest Rate Changes in the UK," Eastern Economic Journal, Eastern Economic Association, vol. 17(3), pages 263-271, Jul-Sep.
  • Handle: RePEc:eej:eeconj:v:17:y:1991:i:3:p:263-271

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    Interest Rates; Interest;

    JEL classification:

    • G20 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - General
    • E43 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Interest Rates: Determination, Term Structure, and Effects
    • E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy
    • D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution


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