Modeling International Long-Term Interest Rates
Ramon P. DeGennaro
University of Tennessee, Knoxville - Department of Finance
Robert A. Kunkel
University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh - Department of Finance
University of Alabama - Department of Economics, Finance and Legal Studies
This study investigates the relationship among interest rates on the long-term governments bonds of five industrialized countries. Both standard and new unit root tests are applied, all of which confirm the presence of exactly one unit root. New cointegration tests are also applied to these data. In contrast to previous research on short-term bonds, stock prices, and exchange rates, these results find little evidence of cointegration among the five long-term interest rate series. Thus, when modeling or forecasting these central government long-term bond yields, one may assume separate sets of fundamentals and difference the data to achieve stationarity. An error correction model may not be appropriate.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 28
Keywords: interest rates, cointegration, government bonds
JEL Classification: G1, F3, E4, C3, A1
Date posted: April 14, 2003
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