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Testing For Asymmetry In Interest Rate Volatility In The Presence Of A Neglected Level Effect

Empirical evidence documents a level effect in the volatility of short term rates of interest. That is, volatility is positively correlated with the level of the short term interest rate. Using Monte-Carlo simulations this paper examines the performance of the commonly used Engle-Ng (1993) tests which differentiate the effect of good and bad news on the predictability of future short rate volatility. Our results show that the tests exhibit serious size distortions and loss of power in the face of a neglected level effect.

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Paper provided by The University of Melbourne in its series Department of Economics - Working Papers Series with number 945.

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Length: 16 pages
Date of creation: 2005
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Handle: RePEc:mlb:wpaper:945
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