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A Modern Look At Asset Pricing and Short-Term Interest Rates

  • Martin D. Evans
  • Paul Wachtel

This paper uses modern asset pricing theory to examine the behavior of short-term nominal interest rates over the past 25 years. The analysis investigates whether variation in the stochastic behavior of output and inflation can explain movements in the rate of interest. Our results reveal that much of the month to month movement in nominal interest rates reflects changes in the real rate and the risk premia rather than inflationary expectations.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 3245.

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Date of creation: Jan 1990
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Publication status: published as Evans, Martin and Paul Wachtel. "Interpreting The Movements In Short-Term Interest Rates," Journal of Business, 1992, v65(3), 395-430.
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