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Correcting Estimation Bias in Dynamic Term Structure Models

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  • Michael D. Bauer
  • Glenn D. Rudebusch
  • Jing Cynthia Wu

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The affine dynamic term structure model (DTSM) is the canonical empirical finance representation of the yield curve. However, the possibility that DTSM estimates may be distorted by small-sample bias has been largely ignored. We show that conventional estimates of DTSM coefficients are indeed severely biased, and this bias results in misleading estimates of expected future short-term interest rates and of long-maturity term premia. We provide a variety of bias-corrected estimates of affine DTSMs, for both maximally flexible and overidentified specifications. Our estimates imply interest rate expectations and term premia that are more plausible from a macrofinance perspective. This article has supplementary material online.

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  • Michael D. Bauer & Glenn D. Rudebusch & Jing Cynthia Wu, 2012. "Correcting Estimation Bias in Dynamic Term Structure Models," Journal of Business & Economic Statistics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 30(3), pages 454-467, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jnlbes:v:30:y:2012:i:3:p:454-467
    DOI: 10.1080/07350015.2012.693855
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