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Long-memory Inflation Uncertainty: Evidence from the Term Structure of Interest Rates

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  • David K. Backus
  • Stanley E. Zin

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We use a fractional difference model to reconcile two features of yields on US government bonds with modem asset pricing theory: the persistence of the short rate and variability of the long end of the yield curve. We suggest that this process might arise from the response of the heterogeneous agents to the changes in monetary policy.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Technical Working Papers with number 0133.

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Date of creation: Mar 1993
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Publication status: published as Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, 25 (August 1993, Part 2) pp681-700.
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