Test of Uncovered Interest Rate Parity for Sri Lanka - Evidence from LKR/GBP Rate

EPRA International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research (IJMR), Vol. 3, Issue 3, pp. 53-61, March 2017

11 Pages Posted: 14 Mar 2017

Date Written: March 11, 2017

Abstract

Interest rates and exchange rates are considered to be one of the most discussed areas under International Finance. When considering the main theories that explore on these two variables, Uncovered Interest Rate Parity (UIP) states that the interest rate differential is an unbiased predictor of the spot exchange rate changes. The impact on investors’ attitude is that they would be indifferent towards the returns on domestic and foreign assets denominated in same currency thereby eliminating any short term arbitrage profits. Studies based on the relationship between these two variables are rare for developing countries like Sri Lanka. Therefore in order to bridge that gap identified through search for literature, this study is focused on testing UIP for Sri Lanka. The findings reveal that there is no evidence to prove the existence of UIP for the British Pound and the Sri Lankan Rupee.

Keywords: Autoregressive Distributed Lags, (ARDL) Model, Exchange Rates, Interest Rates, Uncovered Interest Rate Parity (UIP)

JEL Classification: F31, F41, P45

Suggested Citation

Kaushala, Hiruni and Rajapakse, R. P. C. R., Test of Uncovered Interest Rate Parity for Sri Lanka - Evidence from LKR/GBP Rate (March 11, 2017). EPRA International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research (IJMR), Vol. 3, Issue 3, pp. 53-61, March 2017, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2931574

Hiruni Kaushala

Independent ( email )

No Address Available
United States

R. P. C. R. Rajapakse (Contact Author)

University of Sri Jayewardenepura ( email )

Nugegoda
Gandodawila
Gangodawila, Nugegoda 10250
Sri Lanka

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