Do real interest rates converge? Evidence from the European union

Arghyrou, M.G., Gregoriou, A. and Kontonikas, A. (2009) Do real interest rates converge? Evidence from the European union. Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, 19(3), pp. 447-460. (doi:10.1016/j.intfin.2008.05.004)

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Abstract

We test for real interest rate convergence in the EU25 area. Our contribution is twofold: first, we account for the previously overlooked effects of structural breaks on real interest rate differentials. Second, we test for convergence against the EMU average. For the majority of our sample countries we obtain evidence of convergence towards the latter. This, however, is a gradual process subject to structural breaks, typically falling close to the launch of the euro. Our findings have important implications relating to the single monetary policy and the progress new EU members have achieved towards joining the euro.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Kontonikas, Professor Alexandros
Authors: Arghyrou, M.G., Gregoriou, A., and Kontonikas, A.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HG Finance
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Economics
Journal Name:Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money
ISSN:1042-4431
ISSN (Online):1873-0612
Published Online:31 May 2008

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