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Interest Rate Determination in Lebanon

Author/Editor: Poddar, Tushar | Goswami, Mangal | Sole, Juan | Icaza, Victor Echévarria
Authorized for Distribution: April 1, 2006
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Summary: This paper seeks to understand how interest rates are formed in Lebanon, by focusing on the pass-through from benchmark rates, prevailing liquidity conditions, and the main characteristics of the Lebanese economy, notably its open capital account, fixed exchange rate, high government borrowing requirement, large public debt, and high degree of deposit dollarization. We find that international interest rates are an important element in the determination of interest rates in Lebanon. In particular, the pass-through of global benchmark rates to interest rates on sovereign bonds is about 70 percent. The less-than-complete pass-through could be attributed to a home-bias effect reflecting a relatively stable and dedicated investor base. The study also shows that interest rates in Lebanon are affected by liquidity conditions as well as perceived sovereign risk.
 
Series: Working Paper No. 06/94
Subject(s): Domestic liquidity | Financial risk | Interest rates | Lebanon | Risk premium
Author's keyword(s): Interest rates | Lebanon | sovereign risk
 
English  
    Published:   April 1, 2006        
    ISBN/ISSN:   0 / 1934-7073   Format:   Paper
    Stock No:   WPIEA2006094   Pages:   22
    Price:   US$15.00
       
     
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