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Interest Rate Modeling and Forecasting in India

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  • Pami Dua

    (Department of Economics, Delhi School of Economics, Delhi, India and Economic Cycle Research Institute, New York)

  • Nishita Raje

    (Department of Economic Analysis and Policy, Reserve Bank of India)

  • Satyananda Sahoo

    (Department of Economic Analysis and Policy, Reserve Bank of India)

Abstract

The study develops univariate (ARIMA and ARCH/GARCH) and multivariate models (VAR, VECM and Bayesian VAR) to forecast short- and long-term rates, viz., call money rate, 15-91 days Treasury Bill rates and interest rates on Government securities with (residual) maturities of one year, five years and ten years. Multivariate models consider factors such as liquidity, Bank Rate, repo rate, yield spread, inflation, credit, foreign interest rates and forward premium. The study finds that multivariate models generally outperform univariate ones over longer forecast horizons. Overall, the study concludes that the forecasting performance of Bayesian VAR models is satisfactory for most interest rates and their superiority in performance is marked at longer forecast horizons.

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  • Pami Dua & Nishita Raje & Satyananda Sahoo, 2004. "Interest Rate Modeling and Forecasting in India," Occasional papers 3, Centre for Development Economics, Delhi School of Economics.
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