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The Quality of Public Information and The Term Structure of Interest Rates

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  • Frederik Lundtofte

    (Swiss Institute of Banking and Finance, University of St-Gallen)

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This paper analyzes the term structure of interest rates in an exchangeonly Lucas (1978) economy where consumers learn about a stochastic growth rate through observations of the endowment process and an external public signal. We show that there is a premium for noisy external public information in long-term bonds. In contrast to Feldman (1989), where agents learn only through realized outputs, we find that nonstochastic interest rates are not necessary for the expectations hypothesis to hold.

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Paper provided by Swiss Finance Institute in its series Swiss Finance Institute Research Paper Series with number 06-24.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2006
Date of revision: Sep 2006
Handle: RePEc:chf:rpseri:rp0624

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Keywords: learning; information quality; incomplete information; term structure of interest rates;

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