Changes in the Relationship Between the Long-Term Interest Rate and its Determinants

Author/Editor:

William Lee ; Eswar S Prasad

Publication Date:

October 1, 1994

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Summary:

This paper assesses the relative importance of alternative explanations for the rise in long-term interest rates in the United States from October 1993 to April 1994. Standard econometric models of the term structure are shown to have a structural break in the early 1980s. An important reason for this change in the traditional term structure relationship appears to be an increase in the responsiveness of long-term rates to changes in the stance of monetary policy. Augmented term structure models that explicitly incorporate the role of monetary policy in determining the level of long-term rates are then constructed. These models track variations in the long-term rate better than traditional term structure models, but still leave a significant fraction of the recent increase in long-term rates unexplained.

Series:

Working Paper No. 94/124

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

October 1, 1994

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451854657/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA1241994

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

30

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