High Real Interest Rates Under Financial Liberalization : Is there a Problem?

Author/Editor:

Vicente Galbis

Publication Date:

January 1, 1993

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Summary:

Concerns were raised beginning in the 1980s about the possible detrimental effects of high positive real interest rates under financial liberalization. Using a sample of 28 countries that underwent financial liberalization since the 1970s, the paper examines the evidence about the emergence of high real interest rates and discusses the possible causes and likely effects. Some remedies--preferably preventive--are considered including macroeconormic stabilization, fiscal consolidation, improvements in prudential regulation and supervision of the financial sector, and introduction of an efficient management of indirect monetary policy instruments.

Series:

Working Paper No. 93/7

English

Publication Date:

January 1, 1993

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451842364/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA0071993

Format:

Paper

Pages:

94

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