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Understanding Global Trends in Long-run Real Interest Rates

Kei-Mu Yi and Jing Zhang ()

Economic Perspectives, 2017, issue 2, 1-20

Abstract: The authors explore trends in long-run real interest rates and their underlying factors for the 20 largest economies from the 1950s through the present day. {{p}}Real, or inflation-adjusted, interest rates may well be the most important prices for any nation?s economy. They govern intertemporal purchasing decisions facing households, firms, and all levels of government. That is, virtually all interactions in the marketplace that entail making a choice between spending now and spending later necessarily involve real interest rates, which specify the real cost of borrowing to make a purchase or, on the flip side, the real gain from saving.

Keywords: productivity; Interest rates (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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