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Interest rate spread and real activity: evidence for the UK

Citation
McMillan D (2002) Interest rate spread and real activity: evidence for the UK. Applied Economics Letters, 9 (3), pp. 191-194. https://doi.org/10.1080/13504850110054922

Abstract
Results of recent studies for the USA, Canada and Australia have suggested that the term structure of interest rates contains predictive power for real GDP growth, and that this result is robust to the inclusion of additional variables, such as stock market indicators and lagged growth rates. Using ak-quarter growth rate model this paper attempts to ascertain whether similar results are obtained for the UK. In short, the results suggested here state that although the interest rate spread between the 10-year governemt bond and the 3-month T-bill contains some predictive power for UK output growth, it is less than reported for other countries. Finally, this result is robust to the inclusion of lagged growth and the FT-ALL index return, the latter leading to a marginal improvement in predictive power.

Journal
Applied Economics Letters: Volume 9, Issue 3

StatusPublished
Author(s)McMillan, David
Publication date31/12/2002
Publication date online07/10/2010
PublisherTaylor and Francis
ISSN1350-4851
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