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Mr. Wicksell and the global economy: What drives real interest rates?

  • Michal Brzoza-Brzezina


  • Jesus Crespo Cuaresma


We use a Bayesian dynamic latent factor model to extract world, regional and country factors of real interest rate series for 22 OECD economies. We find that the world factor plays a privileged role in explaining the variance of real rates for most countries in the sample, and accounts for the steady decrease in interest rates in the last decades. Moreover, the relative contribution of the world factor is rising over time. We also find relevant differences between the group of countries that follow fixed exchange rate strategies and those with flexible regimes.

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Paper provided by Faculty of Economics and Statistics, University of Innsbruck in its series Working Papers with number 2007-06.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2007
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