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Transaction Costs and Non-linear Adjustment towards Equilibrium in the US Treasury Bill Market

  • Anderson, Heather M

This paper uses nonlinear error correction models to study yield movements in the U.S. Treasury Bill Market. Nonlinear error correction arises because portfolio adjustment is an 'on-off' process, which occurs only when disequilibrium in the bill market is large enough to induce investors to incur the transaction costs associated with buying/selling bills. This, together with heterogeneity of transaction costs, implies that the strength of aggregate error correction depends on both the distribution of costs and the extent of disequilibrium in the market. Smooth transition models are used to describe an aggregate adjustment process which is strong when the market is distant from equilibrium, but becomes weaker as the market approaches equilibrium. Linearity tests indicate that the types of nonlinearities that would be induced by transaction costs are statistically significant, and estimated models which incorporate these nonlinearities outperform their linear counterparts, both in sample and out of sample. Copyright 1997 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd

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Article provided by Department of Economics, University of Oxford in its journal Oxford Bulletin of Economics & Statistics.

Volume (Year): 59 (1997)
Issue (Month): 4 (November)
Pages: 465-84

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