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Inference in Expectations Models of the Term Structure: A Non-parametric Approach

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  • Campbell, Bryan
  • Galbraith, John W

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Recent research has examined apparent deviations from the expectations theory of the term structure detectable in regression tests, which may be interpreted as efficiency tests. Efficiency is rejected in many studies. Inference is complicated, however, by the non-normality of regression residuals, invalidating standard parametric test procedures. The present paper examines these rejections using robust diagnostic methods and non-parametric tests. We find some evidence against the expectations theory of the term structure in U.S. data, but not in Canadian. We also investigate the possible explanation of a link between forecast error and the yield spread through models of time-variation in the liquidity program.

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Empirical Economics.

Volume (Year): 18 (1993)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 623-38

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Handle: RePEc:spr:empeco:v:18:y:1993:i:4:p:623-38

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Cited by:
  1. Lise Godbout & Paul Storer & Christian Zimmermann, 1999. "The Canadian Treasury Bill Auction and the Term Structure of Interest Rates," Cahiers de recherche CREFE / CREFE Working Papers 75, CREFE, Université du Québec à Montréal.
  2. Breitung, Jorg, 2001. "Rank Tests for Nonlinear Cointegration," Journal of Business & Economic Statistics, American Statistical Association, vol. 19(3), pages 331-40, July.

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