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The economic determinants of the Brazilian nominal term structure of interest rates

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The purpose of this study is to identify the effects of monetary policy and macroeconomic shocks on the dynamics of the Brazilian term structure of interest rates. We estimate a near-VAR model under the identification scheme proposed by Christiano et al. (1996, 1999). The results resemble those of the US economy: monetary policy shocks that flatten the term structure of interest rates. We find that monetary policy shocks in Brazil explain a significantly larger share of the dynamics of the term structure than in the USA. Finally, we analyse the importance of standard macroeconomic variables (e.g. GDP, inflation and measure of country risk) to the dynamics of the term structure in Brazil.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Johns Hopkins University-Department of Economics, Baltimore, MD 21218, USA 2: University of Sao Paulo-Department of Economics, Brazil

Publication date: January 1, 2010

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