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On Time-Series Properties of Time-Varying Risk Premium in the Yen/Dollar Exchange Market

  • Fabio Canova
  • Takatoshi Ito

The purpose of this paper is to characterize the changes in risk premium in the 1980s. A five-variable vector autoregressive model (VAR) is constructed to calculate a risk premium series in the foreign exchange market. The risk premium series is volatile and time-varying. The hypothesis of no risk premium is strongly rejected for the entire sample and each of the two subsamples considered. Various tests using the constructed risk premium series suggest that a risk premium existed but it was neither constant nor stable over subsamples and that its volatility was considerably reduced after October 1982.

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Date of creation: Aug 1988
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Publication status: published as "The Time-Series Properties of the Risk Premium in the Yen/Dollar Exchange Market." From Journal of Applied Econometrics, Vol. 6, pp. 125-142, (1991) .
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:2678
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