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Central banks and market interest rates

Biefang-Frisancho Mariscal, Iris; Howells, Peter


Iris Biefang-Frisancho Mariscal

Peter Howells


In a worm of endogenous money, the central bank's role in monetary policy is reduced to the setting of a very short-term official rate of interest, which indicates the price at which it will make liquidity available to the banking system. However, it is changes in market rates that affect behavior, and so the ability of the central bank to influence anything at all depends, first, on the interaction between official and market rates. In this paper, we use a vector autogressive error correction model to explore the response to changes in the central bank rate of three short-term market rates that have been featured previously in this journal in debates about the demand for endogenous money.


Biefang-Frisancho Mariscal, I., & Howells, P. (2002). Central banks and market interest rates. Journal of Post Keynesian Economics, 24(4), 569-585

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2002
Journal Journal of Post Keynesian Economics
Print ISSN 0160-3477
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 24
Issue 4
Pages 569-585
Keywords central banks, market interest rates
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