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The forecasting power of real interest rate gaps: an assessment for the Euro Area

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Mésonnier, Jean-Stéphane

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Abstract The real interest rate gap or IRG -the gap between the short term real interest rate and its “natural” level-, is a theoretical concept that has attracted much attention in central banks in recent years. This paper aims at clarifying its practical relevance for monetary policy in real time. For this purpose, it provides an empirical assessment of the usefulness of a semi-structural versus purely statistical estimates of the real IRG for predicting policy relevant macroeconomic variables in the euro area. However mixed, the results confirm that semi-structural estimates of the real IRG deserve being added to the central banks’ toolbox.
Classification Economic Policy
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
Page/Pages p. 153-172
Journal Applied Economics, 43 (2009) 2
ISSN 1466-4283
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)