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Is it Really the Fisher Effect?

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Fahmy and Kandil [2003] use a cointegration approach to test for the Fisher effect in US interest rates during the 1980s and early 1990s. Here, I argue that even if nominal interest rates and inflation rates do obey integrated processes, cointegration of these two processes is not a sufficient condition for the Fisher effect to hold as it is consistent with any theory implying a stationary real interest rate. As the Fisher effect ex post implies that nominal interest rates embody an optimal inflation forecast, the sufficient condition for it to hold is the unpredictability of the implied inflation forecast error. This condition may be tested using the signal extraction framework of Durlauf and Hall [1988, 1989].

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  • Johnson, Paul, 2004. "Is it Really the Fisher Effect?," Vassar College Department of Economics Working Paper Series 58, Vassar College Department of Economics.
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    1. Lyócsa, Štefan & Výrost, Tomáš & Baumöhl, Eduard, 2011. "Unit-root and stationarity testing with empirical application on industrial production of CEE-4 countries," MPRA Paper 29648, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Ling, Tai-Hu & Liew, Venus Khim-Sen & Syed Khalid Wafa, Syed Azizi Wafa, 2007. "Fisher hypothesis: East Asian evidence from panel unit root tests," MPRA Paper 5432, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Muse, Bernard & Alimi, R. Santos, 2012. "Testing an Augmented Fisher Hypothesis for a Small Open Economy: The Case of Nigeria," MPRA Paper 44987, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    4. Awomuse, Bernard O. & Alimi, Santos R., 2012. "The Relationship between Nominal Interest Rates and Inflation: New Evidence and Implication for Nigeria," MPRA Paper 49684, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    5. Ling, Tai-Hu & Venus, Khim-Sen Liew & Syed Khalid Wafa, Syed Azizi Wafa, 2008. "Does Fisher hypothesis hold for the East Asian Economies? an application of panel unit root tests," MPRA Paper 21601, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised Jan 2010.

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