Why Do T-Bill Rates React to Discount Rate Changes?
A number of alternative explanations for the response of T-bill rates to discount rate changes have been offered in the literature. This paper investigates Cook and Hahn's (1988) hypothesis that discount rate changes signal a change in the Fed's federal funds rate target which, in turn, induce changes in T-bill rates. After showing that the evidence that theyt claim supports their view cannot be used to differentiate their hypothesis from equally plausible alternatives, we show that a valid alternative test fails to provide support for their view and that discount rate changes do not appear to signal changes in the target for the funds rate. Copyright 1994 by Ohio State University Press.
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Volume (Year): 26 (1994)
Issue (Month): 4 (November)
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