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Understanding the Forward Premium Puzzle: A Microstructure Approach

  • Craig Burnside
  • Martin S. Eichenbaum
  • Sergio Rebelo

High-interest-rate currencies tend to appreciate relative to low-interest-rate currencies. We argue that adverse-selection problems between participants in foreign exchange markets can account for this 'forward premium puzzle.' The key feature of our model is that the adverse selection problem facing market makers is worse when, based on public information, a currency is expected to appreciate.

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Publication status: published as Craig Burnside & Martin Eichenbaum & Sergio Rebelo, 2009. "Understanding the Forward Premium Puzzle: A Microstructure Approach," American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, American Economic Association, vol. 1(2), pages 127-54, July.
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:13278
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