Modeling the Term Structure of Interest Rates: A Review of the Literature
97 Pages Posted: 23 Jul 2001
Date Written: June 2001
The last two decades have seen the development of a profusion of theoretical models of the term structure of interest rates. This study provides a general overview and a comprehensive comparative study of the most popular ones among both academics and practitioners. It also discusses their respective advantages and disadvantages in terms of bond and/or interest rate contingent claims continuous time valuation or hedging, parameter estimation, and calibration. Finally, it proposes a unified approach for model risk assessment. Despite the relatively complex mathematics involved, financial intuition rather then mathematical rigour is emphasised throughout. The classification by means of general characteristics should enable the understanding of the different features of each model, facilitate the choice of a model in specific theoretical or empirical circumstances, and allows the testing of various models with nested as well as non-nested specifications.
Keywords: Interest rates, term structure models
JEL Classification: G13
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