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The Forward Rate Unbiasedness Hypothesis Revisited: Evidence from a New Test

  • Natalya Delcoure

    (Louisiana Tech University)

  • John T. Barkoulas


    (University of Tennessee)

  • Christopher F. Baum


    (Boston College
    DIW Berlin)

  • Atreya Chakraborty

    (University of Massachusetts-Boston)

Under conditions of risk neutrality and rational expectations in the foreign exchange market, there should be a one-to-one relationship between the forward rate and the corresponding future spot rate. However, cointegration-based tests of the unbiasedness hypothesis of the forward rate have produced mixed findings. In order to exploit significant cross-sectional dependencies, we test the unbiasedness hypothesis using a new multivariate (panel) unit-root test, the Johansen likelihood ratio (JLR) test, which offers important methodological advantages over alternative standard panel unit-root tests. When applied to a data set of eight major currencies in the post-Bretton Woods era, the JLR test provides strong and robust evidence in support of a unitary cointegrating vector between forward and corresponding future spot rates. However, the orthogonality condition is satisfied only for three major currencies.

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Paper provided by Boston College Department of Economics in its series Boston College Working Papers in Economics with number 464.

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Length: 19 pages
Date of creation: 09 Jun 2000
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Publication status: Published 2002, Global Finance Journal, 14, 83-93.
Handle: RePEc:boc:bocoec:464
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