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A Cointegration Analysis of Treasury Bill Yields

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  • Hall, Anthony D
  • Anderson, Heather M
  • Granger, Clive W J

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This paper shows that yields to maturity of U.S. Treasury bills are cointegrated and that, during periods when the Federal Reserve specifically targeted short-term interest rates, the spreads between yields of different maturity define the cointegrating vectors. This cointegrating relationship implies that a single nonstationary common factor underlies the time-series behavior of each yield to maturity and that risk premia are stationary. An error-correction model that uses spreads as the error-correction terms is unstable over the Federal Reserve's policy regime changes, but a model using post 1982 data is stable and is shown to be useful for forecasting changes in yields. Copyright 1992 by MIT Press.

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  • Hall, Anthony D & Anderson, Heather M & Granger, Clive W J, 1992. "A Cointegration Analysis of Treasury Bill Yields," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 74(1), pages 116-126, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:tpr:restat:v:74:y:1992:i:1:p:116-26
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