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The Role of Uncertainty in the Term Structure of Interest Rates: A Macro-Finance Perspective

  • Junko Koeda

    (Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo)

  • Ryo Kato

    (Institute for Monetary and Economic Studies, Bank of Japan)

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Using a macroeconomic perspective, we examine the effect of uncertainty arising from policy-shock volatility on yield-curve dynamics. Many macro-finance models assume that policy shocks are homoskedastic, while observed policy shock processes are significantly time varying and persistent. We allow for this key feature by constructing a no-arbitrage GARCH affine term structure model, in which monetary policy uncertainty is modeled as the conditional volatility of the error term in a Taylor rule. We find that monetary policy uncertainty increases the medium- and longer-term spreads in a model that incorporates macroeconomic dynamics.

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Paper provided by CIRJE, Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo in its series CIRJE F-Series with number CIRJE-F-724.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2010
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Handle: RePEc:tky:fseres:2010cf724
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