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Global Trends in Interest Rates

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  • Marco Del Negro

    (Federal Reserve Bank of New York)

  • Andrea Tambalotti

    (Federal Reserve Bank of New York)

  • Domenico Giannone

    (Federal Reserve Bank of New York)

  • Marc Giannoni

    (Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas)

Abstract

The trend in the world real interest rate for safe and liquid assets fluctuated close to 2 percent for more than a century, but has dropped significantly over the past three decades. This decline has been common among advanced economies, as trends in real interest rates across countries have converged over this period. It was driven by an increase in the convenience yield for safety and liquidity and by lower global economic growth.

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  • Marco Del Negro & Andrea Tambalotti & Domenico Giannone & Marc Giannoni, 2019. "Global Trends in Interest Rates," 2019 Meeting Papers 77, Society for Economic Dynamics.
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    • E43 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Interest Rates: Determination, Term Structure, and Effects
    • E44 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy
    • F31 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Exchange
    • G12 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Asset Pricing; Trading Volume; Bond Interest Rates

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