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A Macroeconomic Model of the Term Structure of Interest Rates in Mexico

  • Josué Fernando Cortés Espada
  • Manuel Ramos Francia
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    This paper investigates how different macroeconomic shocks affect the term-structure of interest rates in Mexico. In particular, we develop a model that combines a no-arbitrage specification of the term structure with a macroeconomic model of a small open economy. We find that shocks that are perceived to have a persistent effect on inflation affect the level of the yield curve. The effect on medium and long-term yields results from the increase in expected future short rates and in risk premia. With respect to demand shocks, our results show that a positive shock leads to an upward flattening shift in the yield curve. The flattening of the curve is explained by both the monetary policy response and the time-varying term premia.

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    Paper provided by Banco de México in its series Working Papers with number 2008-10.

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    Date of creation: Jul 2008
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    Handle: RePEc:bdm:wpaper:2008-10
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