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Measuring the equilibrium real interest rate

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  • Alejandro Justiniano
  • Giorgio E. Primiceri

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The equilibrium real interest rate represents the real rate of return required to keep the economy?s output equal to potential output. This article discusses how to measure the equilibrium real interest rate, using an empirical structural model of the economy.

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  • Alejandro Justiniano & Giorgio E. Primiceri, 2010. "Measuring the equilibrium real interest rate," Economic Perspectives, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, vol. 34(Q I), pages 14-27.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedhep:y:2010:i:qi:p:14-27:n:v.34no.1
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