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Monetary Policy and Long-Term Interest Rates

H. Sonmez Atesoglu
Journal of Post Keynesian Economics
Vol. 27, No. 3 (Spring, 2005), pp. 533-539
Published by: Taylor & Francis, Ltd.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4538942
Page Count: 7
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Monetary Policy and Long-Term Interest Rates
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Abstract

Empirical relations between the federal funds rate and long-term interest rates are analyzed by employing the vector error correction modeling and cointegration techniques. The findings reveal a cointegration relation and a unidirectional causality from the federal funds rate to the long-term interest rates and are supportive of the horizontalist rather than the structuralist view of the money supply endogeneity. Findings also reveal that changes in the federal funds rate do not have much of an effect on the long-term interest rates in the short run. These results raise doubts concerning the effectiveness of monetary policy in the short run.

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