Real Interest Rate and Labor Market Performance around the World

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This article studies the effects of the real interest rate on labor market performance. Using a much larger sample of countries and more indicators of labor market performance than have been used in previous articles, it finds that a rise in the real interest rate increases the unemployment rate, raises the share of long-term unemployed, and reduces the employment rate. The magnitude of these effects is very small in the short run but much more pronounced—though still fairly small—in the long run. Young people are disproportionately affected. The results are robust to variations in specification.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)659-679
JournalSouthern Economic Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013

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