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An Indicator of Future Inflation Extracted from the Steepness of the Interest Rate Yield Curve along Its Entire Length

  • Frankel, Jeffrey A
  • Lown, Cara S

The term-structure slope contains information about expected future inflation. Frederic Mishkin shows that the spread between the twelve-month and three-month interest rate helps predict the difference between twelve-month and three-month inflation. The authors apply a simple existing framework, which lets the real interest rate vary in the short run but converge to a constant in the long run, to this problem. The appropriate indicator of expected inflation uses the entire length of the yield curve, estimating the steepness of a specific nonlinear transformation, rather than being restricted to a spread between two points. The resulting indicator better predicts inflation over 1960-91. Copyright 1994, the President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Article provided by MIT Press in its journal Quarterly Journal of Economics.

Volume (Year): 109 (1994)
Issue (Month): 2 (May)
Pages: 517-30

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