Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/31582
Authors: 
Hannsgen, Greg
Year of Publication: 
2004
Series/Report no.: 
Working papers // The Levy Economics Institute 410
Abstract: 
Many empirical studies have found that interest rate have a positive effect on the price level. This paper pursues an obvious, but neglected explanation: interest payments are a cost of production that is at least in part passed on to costumers. A model shows that the cost-push effect of inflation, long known as Gibson's paradox, intensifies destabilizing forces and can be involved in the generation of cycles. An empirical investigation finds that the positive association of interest rates with inflation or the log of the price level is present in data from the 1950s to present.
Subjects: 
Gibson's Paradox
Inflation
Monetary Policy Rules
Nonlinear Dynamics
JEL: 
C22
E11
E12
E32
E52
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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