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Estimating Term Structure Equations Using Macroeconomic Variables

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    This paper begins with the expectations theory of the term structure of interest rates with constant term premia and then postulates how expectations of future short term interest rates are formed. Expectations depend in part on predictions from a set of VAR equations and in part on the current and two lagged values of the short term interest rate. The results suggest that there is relevant independent information in both the VAR equations' predictions and the current and two lagged values of the short rate. The model fits the long term interest rate data well, including the 2004-2006 period, which some have found a puzzle. The properties of the model are consistent with the response of the long term U.S. Treasury bond rate to surprise price and employment announcements. The overall results suggest that long term rates can be fairly well explained by modeling expectation formation of future short term rates.

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    Paper provided by Yale School of Management in its series Yale School of Management Working Papers with number amz2387.

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    Date of creation: 01 Jan 2008
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    Handle: RePEc:ysm:somwrk:amz2387

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    Keywords: Term structure equations; Expectations theory;

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