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Real Interest Rates and Brazilian Business Cycles

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  • Fabio Kanczuk

    (University of Sao Paolo)

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We construct a dynamic general equilibrium model to assess the quantitative relationship between real interest rates and output fluctuations in the Brazilian economy from 1980 to 2001. When firms are subject to working capital restrictions, the model is consistent with both the cyclical volatilities of national income components and the countercyclical character of real interest rates. Simulations indicate that output fluctuations are quite sensitive to the persistence of interest rate oscillations. Non-structural econometric estimations of the dynamic IS curve are, therefore, susceptible to the Lucas' critique, and may misguide the Central Bank's policymaking. (Copyright: Elsevier)

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  • Fabio Kanczuk, 2004. "Real Interest Rates and Brazilian Business Cycles," Review of Economic Dynamics, Elsevier for the Society for Economic Dynamics, vol. 7(2), pages 436-455, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:red:issued:v:7:y:2004:i:2:p:436-455
    DOI: 10.1016/j.red.2003.09.001
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    Keywords

    Business cycles; working capital; emerging markets;

    JEL classification:

    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy

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