A Macroeconomic Foundation for the Equilibrium Term Structure of Interest Rates

37 Pages Posted: 25 Apr 2013

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Howard Kung

London Business School; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Date Written: April 25, 2013

Abstract

This paper explores the term structure of interest rates implied by a stochastic endogenous growth model with imperfect price adjustment. The production and price-setting decisions of firms drive low-frequency movements in growth and inflation rates that are negatively related. With recursive preferences, these growth and inflation dynamics are crucial for rationalizing key stylized facts in bond markets. When calibrated to macroeconomic data, the model quantitatively explains the means and volatilities of nominal bond yields and the failure of the expectations hypothesis.

Keywords: term structure of interest rates, asset pricing, recursive preferences, monetary policy, endogenous growth, inflation, productivity

JEL Classification: E43, E44, G12, G18

Suggested Citation

Kung, Howard, A Macroeconomic Foundation for the Equilibrium Term Structure of Interest Rates (April 25, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2256328 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2256328

Howard Kung (Contact Author)

London Business School ( email )

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London NW1 4SA
United Kingdom

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) ( email )

London
United Kingdom

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