On high interest rates in Brazil

Vol. 34 No. 1 (2014)

Jan-Mar / 2014
Published January 1, 2014

How to Cite

Lafaiete Lopes, Francisco. 2014. “On High Interest Rates in Brazil”. Brazilian Journal of Political Economy 34 (1):3-14. https://centrodeeconomiapolitica.org/repojs/index.php/journal/article/view/257.

On high interest rates in Brazil

Francisco Lafaiete Lopes
Francisco L. Lopes is partner at Macrometrica.
Brazilian Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 34 No. 1 (2014), Jan-Mar / 2014, Pages 3-14


This article examines the question of why interest rates are so high in Brazil as compared to the international average. It looks at theoretical arguments based on excessive government deficits, structural lack of private savings, inflation bias, excessive investment demand and fear of floating. An informal look at the evidence does not strongly corroborate any of these arguments. Hence a wise central bank should consider "testing" the market to make sure it is not dealing with an extreme equilibrium configuration or a long standing disequilibrium.

JEL Classification: E43; F41; O11.

Keywords: interest rate exchange rate Brazilian economy