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Interest differentials and extreme support for uncovered interest rate parity

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  • Craighead, William D.
  • Davis, George K.
  • Miller, Norman C.

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This paper addresses two findings from the empirical literature testing uncovered interest parity (UIP): (i) more favorable results when interest differentials (IDs) are large and (ii) instability across samples. Simulations demonstrate that explanations of the results using large IDs based on the hypothesis of a "zone of speculative inactivity" are inconsistent with empirical evidence. Furthermore, it is shown that, if agents forecast IDs based on long-run values, coefficient estimates will be unstable if rates of decay in IDs vary significantly and, for ex post UIP to hold, IDs must decay in absolute value. This is consistent with OECD country data.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal International Review of Economics & Finance.

Volume (Year): 19 (2010)
Issue (Month): 4 (October)
Pages: 723-732

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Handle: RePEc:eee:reveco:v:19:y:2010:i:4:p:723-732

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Keywords: Uncovered interest parity Forward premium Fama regression Interest differentials;

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  1. Hacker, R. Scott & Karlsson, Hyunjoo Kim & MÃ¥nsson, Kristofer, 2014. "An investigation of the causal relations between exchange rates and interest rate differentials using wavelets," International Review of Economics & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 29(C), pages 321-329.
  2. Lee, Byung-Joo, 2013. "Uncovered interest parity puzzle: Asymmetric responses," International Review of Economics & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 27(C), pages 238-249.

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