A Habit-Based Explanation of the Exchange Rate Risk Premium

40 Pages Posted: 3 Mar 2005 Last revised: 26 Apr 2009

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Adrien Verdelhan

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Sloan School of Management; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: March 1, 2009

Abstract

This paper presents a model that reproduces the uncovered interest rate parity puzzle. Investors have preferences with external habits. Counter-cyclical risk premia and pro-cyclical real interest rates arise endogenously. During bad times at home, when domestic consumption is close to the habit level, the pricing kernel is volatile and the representative investor very risk-averse. When the domestic investor is more risk-averse than her foreign counterpart, the exchange rate is closely tied to domestic consumption growth shocks. The domestic investor therefore expects a positive currency excess return. Since interest rates are low in bad times, expected currency excess returns increase with interest rate differentials.

Keywords: Exchange rate, time-varying risk premium, habits

JEL Classification: F31, G12, G15

Suggested Citation

Verdelhan, Adrien, A Habit-Based Explanation of the Exchange Rate Risk Premium (March 1, 2009). Journal of Finance, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=676098

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