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Modelling the Duration of Interest Rate Spells Under Inflation Targeting in Canada

We use survival models to analyze the duration of the spells associated with the interest rate used by the Bank of Canada as its monetary policy instrument. Both non-parametric and parametric models are estimated, allowing for right-censoring of the data, and time-varying covariates. We find that the data are explained well by an accelerated failure time Weibull model, with the annual rate of inflation and the quarterly rate of growth in GDP as covariates. The model indicates that there is positive duration dependence in the interest rate spells, and that unemployment and exchange rate effects are insignificant.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Victoria in its series Econometrics Working Papers with number 0605.

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Length: 20 pages
Date of creation: 08 Sep 2006
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Handle: RePEc:vic:vicewp:0605
Note: ISSN 1485-6441
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