Will interest rates persistently fall below previous norms?

Recent research suggests they will
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17016/FEDS.2016.011

But also suggests the data do not speak loudly on this issue https://ideas.repec.org/p/fip/fedgfe/2015-77.html

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Are the days of rapid economic growth past?

While you may disagree with his assessment of future growth prospects, it is valuable to read Robert Gordon’s “The Rise and Fall of American Growth”. Tyler Cowan’s review http://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2016/01/my-review-of-robert-gordons-american-economic-growth.html