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Term Premia and Inflation Uncertainty: Empirical Evidence from an International Panel Dataset: Comment

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  • Michael D. Bauer
  • Glenn D. Rudebusch
  • Jing Cynthia Wu

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Term premia implied by maximum likelihood estimates of affine term structure models are misleading because of small-sample bias. We show that accounting for this bias alters the conclusions about the trend, cycle, and macroeconomic determinants of the term premia estimated in Wright (2011). His term premium estimates are essentially acyclical, and often just parallel the secular trend in longterm interest rates. In contrast, bias-corrected term premia show pronounced countercyclical behavior, consistent with theoretical and empirical arguments about movements in risk premia.

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Article provided by American Economic Association in its journal American Economic Review.

Volume (Year): 104 (2014)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: 323-37

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Handle: RePEc:aea:aecrev:v:104:y:2014:i:1:p:323-37

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  1. Mirko Abbritti & Luis Gil-Alana & Yuliya Lovcha & Antonio Moreno, 2012. "Term Structure Persistence," Faculty Working Papers 26/12, School of Economics and Business Administration, University of Navarra.
  2. Josh Stillwagon, 2014. "Subjective Term Premia, Consumer Sentiment, and the Zero Lower Bound," Working Papers 1401, Trinity College, Department of Economics.
  3. Michael D. Bauer & Glenn D. Rudebusch, 2013. "What caused the decline in long-term yields?," FRBSF Economic Letter, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, issue july8.

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