An Empirical Measure of the Real Rate of Interest
31 Pages Posted: 15 Nov 2012
Date Written: 1995
In the absence of a commonly accepted series of the real rate of interest, the typical behavior of this rate remains contentious. The authors derive alternative measures of the short-term real rate from various surveys of inflation expectations. These measures suggest that the real rate averages about 2 percent. Substantial deviations from this average, however, can occur over extended periods of time.
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