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Regime Switching in the Yield Curve

The paper investigates the effect of interest-rate variance on the shape of the yield curve using a bivariate 2-state Markov switching model for the short-rate changes and the yield curve slope. The two states are characterized by the variance of the shortrate changes: Low and high variance. In the high variance regime the yield curve becomes steeper with the interest-rate variance, in the low variance regime the slope is independent hereof. A non-switching specification amounts to averaging across the two states. The economy is in the high variance state during unusual economic periods.

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Paper provided by University of Aarhus, Aarhus School of Business, Department of Business Studies in its series Finance Working Papers with number 02-13.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: 09 May 2002
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Handle: RePEc:hhb:aarfin:2002_013
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