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A New Test of the Real Interest Rate Parity Hypothesis: Bounds Approach and Structural Breaks

  • George Bagdatoglou
  • Alexandros Kontonikas

We test the real interest rate parity hypothesis using data for the G7 countries over the period 1970-2008. Our contribution is two-fold. First, we utilize the ARDL bounds approach of Pesaran et al. (2001) which allows us to overcome uncertainty about the order of integration of real interest rates. Second, we test for structural breaks in the underlying relationship using the multiple structural breaks test of Bai and Perron (1998, 2003). Our results indicate significant parameter instability and suggest that, despite the advances in economic and financial integration, real interest rate parity has not fully recovered from a breakdown in the 1980s.

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Paper provided by Business School - Economics, University of Glasgow in its series Working Papers with number 2009_17.

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