Interest Rate Spreads in the Eastern Caribbean

Author/Editor:

Ruby Randall

Publication Date:

April 1, 1998

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper examines interest rate spreads in the Eastern Caribbean and seeks to explain why they are persistently high by comparison with other low-inflation countries. The paper concludes that operating costs appear to be a key determinant of observed interest rate spreads, giving rise to the policy recommendation that efforts to expand the market size of efficient banks might help pave the way for greater efficiency.

Series:

Working Paper No. 98/59

English

Publication Date:

April 1, 1998

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451847918/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA0591998

Format:

Paper

Pages:

39

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