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A nonparametric dimension test of the term structure

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  • Gil-Bazo, Javier
  • Rubio, Gonzalo

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This paper addresses the problem of conducting a nonparametric test of the dimension of the state variable vector in a continuous-time term structure model. The paper shows that a bivariate diffusion function of the short rate process is a sufficient condition for the term structure to be driven by two stochastic factors. Using an easy-to-implement kernel smoothing method the number of state variables can be tested under very unrestrictive assumptions. The results suggest that continuous-time models for the US interest rates should contain at least two stochastic factors.

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  • Gil-Bazo, Javier & Rubio, Gonzalo, 2001. "A nonparametric dimension test of the term structure," DEE - Working Papers. Business Economics. WB wb012106, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Departamento de Economía de la Empresa.
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