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Has International Financial Integration Increased?

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  • Lawrence Goldberg
  • James Lothian

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  • John Okunev

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This paper compares the behavior of real interest rate differentials across the major countries under the Bretton Woods regime and the regime of floating exchanges that replaced it. The primary object is to investigate both the extent of market integration and its changes over time. For all fifteen possible country pairs real interest differentials are mean reverting, and in two-thirds of these cases indistinguishable from zero statistically. For all country pairs on average and for most such pairs individually, moreover, the estimated differentials are not appreciably different in absolute value than the differentials that we estimate for various money-market rates within the United States. Additional evidence points to a narrowing of differentials under floating rates over time and an increase in speeds of convergence. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 2003

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  • Lawrence Goldberg & James Lothian & John Okunev, 2003. "Has International Financial Integration Increased?," Open Economies Review, Springer, vol. 14(3), pages 299-317, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:openec:v:14:y:2003:i:3:p:299-317
    DOI: 10.1023/A:1023939321279
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    Keywords

    financial integration; interest-rate equalization; real interest rates;

    JEL classification:

    • F36 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Financial Aspects of Economic Integration
    • E40 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - General

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