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Forward Premiums and Market Efficiency: Panel Unit-root Evidence from the Term Structure of Forward Premiums

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  • John T. Barkoulas

    () (University of Tennessee)

  • Christopher F. Baum

    () (Boston College
    DIW Berlin)

  • Atreya Chakraborty

    (University of Massachusetts-Boston)

Abstract

A plausible explanation for cointegration among spot currency rates determined in efficient markets is the existence of a stationary, time-varying currency risk premium. Such an interpretation is contingent upon stationarity of the forward premium. However, empirical evidence on the stochastic properties of the forward premium series has been inconclusive. We apply a panel unit-root test--the Johansen likelihood ratio (JLR) test--to forward exchange premiums by utilizing cross-sectional information from their term structure. In contrast to earlier studies, the JLR test provides decisive and temporally stable evidence in support of stationary forward premiums, and therefore foreign exchange market efficiency, for six major currencies.

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  • John T. Barkoulas & Christopher F. Baum & Atreya Chakraborty, 2000. "Forward Premiums and Market Efficiency: Panel Unit-root Evidence from the Term Structure of Forward Premiums," Boston College Working Papers in Economics 461, Boston College Department of Economics, revised 13 Jun 2001.
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    Keywords

    Forward premium; currency risk premium; panel unit-root tests; foreign exchange market efficiency;

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    • F30 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - General
    • F31 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - Foreign Exchange

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