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Convergence of interest rates around the Pacific Rim

  • Hsiu-Yun Lee
  • Jyh-Lin Wu
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    This article applies the panel data unit root tests provided by Im, Pesaran and Shin (Discussion paper, 1997) to examine the interest rate convergence of small-open Asian countries with major financial centres. With monthly data from 1988:1 to 1997:6, it was found that the nominal interest rates of these countries converge to the US rates rather than to Japan's. This finding is consistent with the view that the monetary authorities of non-Japan Asian economies pegged their exchange rates overwhelmingly to the dollar rather than the yen before the financial crisis of 1997.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Applied Economics.

    Volume (Year): 36 (2004)
    Issue (Month): 12 ()
    Pages: 1281-1288

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:applec:v:36:y:2004:i:12:p:1281-1288
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