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On real interest rate persistence: the role of breaks

  • Alfred Haug

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    (Department of Economics, University of Otago, New Zealand)

The role of structural breaks in long spans of ex-post real interest rates for ten industrialized countries is studied. First, the persistence of the real interest is assessed with newly proposed low-frequency tests of M¨uller and Watson (2008). Second, the test of Leybourne et al. (2007) for a change in persistence of a time-series is applied to the real interest rate. The results show that real interest rates over the full sample period do not fit a covariance-stationary or unit-root model, nor a fractionally-integrated, near-unit-root or local-level model. The persistence of real rates changes and there are periods when the real rate is covariance stationary and other periods when it follows a unit root process instead. Also, the breaks reflect structural changes in the inflation rate, which are likely due to changes in monetary policy regimes.

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Paper provided by Department of Applied Econometrics, Warsaw School of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 65.

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Date of creation: 06 Nov 2012
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