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The Persistence in Volatility of the US Term Premium 1970-1986

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  • Tzavalis, E.
  • Wickens, M.R.

This paper examines the persistence of the volatility of the risk premia for excess holding period returns of the term structure using a GARCH-M model of the conditional variance. The finding of a high degree of persistance cannot be sustained once allowance is made for a structural break in the unconditional variance caused by a change in the operation of US monetary policy during 1979-1982.

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Paper provided by Exeter University, Department of Economics in its series Discussion Papers with number 9409.

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Length: 10 pages
Date of creation: 1994
Handle: RePEc:exe:wpaper:9409
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