Perspectives on High Real Interest Rates in Turkey

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Author/Editor: Prakash Kannan
Release Date: © October, 2008
ISBN : 978-1-45187-109-8
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The Turkish economy is typically characterized as having particularly high real interest rates. Fundamental considerations, such as high growth rates or high returns to capital, do not provide a satisfactory resolution of this puzzle. Instead, we find that two other factors- doubts about the sustainability of disinflation and the existence of a risk premium-have a significant impact on the level of real interest rates in Turkey. Importantly, fiscal policy variables are shown to affect both these factors, suggesting that a more credible and prudent fiscal policy can help reduce real interest rates in Turkey.


Economic policy , Fiscal policy , Foreign exchange

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