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Model uncertainty and the Forward Premium Puzzle

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This paper studies the Forward Premium Puzzle in a setting where investors doubt the specification of their models, and thus engage in robust portfolio strategies (Hansen and Sargent, 2008). It shows that an empirically plausible concern for model misspecification can explain the Forward Premium Puzzle. In particular, the paper shows that Hansen and Jagannathan (1991) volatility bounds can be attained with both reasonable degrees of risk aversion and reasonable detection error probabilities. Hence, observed excess returns in the foreign exchange market appear to be primarily driven by a model uncertainty premium.

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  • Djeutem, Edouard, 2014. "Model uncertainty and the Forward Premium Puzzle," Journal of International Money and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 46(C), pages 16-40.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jimfin:v:46:y:2014:i:c:p:16-40
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jimonfin.2014.03.001
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    Model uncertainty; Forward premium puzzle; Detection error probability;
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    • F31 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Exchange
    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty

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