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A Fiscal Framework for Analysis of Interest Rate Behavior in Open Economies


  • John H. Makin


This paper derives a reduced-form expression for an interestrate in an open economy by incorporating after tax covered interest parity conditions into a simple neo-classical macro model. The result clearly demonstrates that the relationship between an interest rate and variables used to explain it is conditional on income tax rates at home and abroad and presence or absence of capital gains tax treatment of foreign exchange gains or losses. Effects of non-indexation of tax treatment of depreciation and inventories may also play a role. Any change in effective tax rates over a sample period employed to estimate interest rate (or exchange rate) equations may cause deterioration in the fit of a fixed coefficient model. Efforts are underway to employ a random coefficients approach to address this problem.

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  • John H. Makin, 1984. "A Fiscal Framework for Analysis of Interest Rate Behavior in Open Economies," NBER Working Papers 1355, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  • Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:1355
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    1. Takatoshi Ito, 1983. "Capital Controls and Covered Interest Parity," NBER Working Papers 1187, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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