Tatom, John (2007): "Why Have Interest Rates Been So Low?".
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This paper looks at interest rate developments in the US and argues that long-term real interest rates are at lows not seen in the past 50 years. It explores competing hypotheses that there is a global saving glut, there is conundrum or that global capital formation has slowed. The dominant view is a glut of saving, especially in China and Asia, that is depressing global real interest rates and boosting growth. While private sector capital formation remains at historic strong levels in the US, the same is not the case abroad. Unfortunately strong saving in China had not resulted in a boom in saving in Asia or globally. A decline in global capital formation is the proximate cause of depressed real interest rates. This is not a cyclical problem that is likely to go away with a rebound in economic activity in Asia or Europe. The implications for economic growth are dismal, despite notable exceptions in China and the US.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Institution:||Networks Financial institute at Indiana State University|
|Original Title:||"Why Have Interest Rates Been So Low?"|
|Keywords:||interest rates; capital formation; saving|
|Subjects:||G - Financial Economics > G1 - General Financial Markets > G15 - International Financial Markets
F - International Economics > F4 - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance
E - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics > E2 - Macroeconomics: Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment > E21 - Consumption; Saving; Wealth
|Depositing User:||John Tatom|
|Date Deposited:||16. Jul 2007|
|Last Modified:||12. Feb 2013 20:45|
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