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Arbitrage and the Expectations Hypothesis

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  • Francis A. Longstaff

    (The Anderson School at the University of California at Los Angeles)

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This paper shows that all traditional forms of the expectations hypothesis can be consistent with the absence of arbitrage if markets are incomplete. A key implication is that the validity of the expectations hypothesis is purely an empirical issue; the expectations hypothesis cannot be ruled out on a priori theoretical grounds. Copyright The American Finance Association 2000.

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  • Francis A. Longstaff, 2000. "Arbitrage and the Expectations Hypothesis," Journal of Finance, American Finance Association, vol. 55(2), pages 989-994, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jfinan:v:55:y:2000:i:2:p:989-994
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