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Regime Switches in Swedish Interest Rates

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  • Erlandsson, Ulf

    (Department of Economics, Lund University)

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This paper examines the forecasting properties of a Markov regime-switching model applied to Swedish interest rate volatility. A Monte Carlo testing procedure is used to arrive at a three state specification that is able to capture the high degree of leptokurtosis in the data without additional modelling of conditional heteroskedasticity. The final specification is shown to possess good forecasting properties both in general and for specific samples and horizons, something that the benchmark processes are unable to achieve.

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Paper provided by Lund University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2002:5.

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Length: 20 pages
Date of creation: 26 Feb 2002
Date of revision: 26 Aug 2003
Handle: RePEc:hhs:lunewp:2002_005

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Keywords: Regime switching; forecasting; volatility;

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  1. Alberto Humala, 2005. "Interest rate pass-through and financial crises: do switching regimes matter? the case of Argentina," Applied Financial Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 15(2), pages 77-94.

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