An Exploration of the Forward Premium Puzzle in Currency Markets

REVIEW OF FINANCIAL STUDIES, Vol. 10 No. 2

Posted: 13 Feb 1997

Abstract

A standard empirical finding is that expected changes in exchange rates and interest rate differentials across countries are negatively related, implying that uncovered interest rate parity is violated in the data. This paper provides new empirical evidence which suggests that violations of uncovered interest rate parity, and their economic implications, depend on the sign of the interest rate differential. A framework related to term structure models is developed to account for the puzzling relationship between expected changes in exchange rates and interest rate differentials. Estimation results suggest that a particular term structure model can account for the puzzling empirical evidence.

JEL Classification: G13, G15

Suggested Citation

Bansal, Ravi, An Exploration of the Forward Premium Puzzle in Currency Markets. REVIEW OF FINANCIAL STUDIES, Vol. 10 No. 2, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=8108

Ravi Bansal (Contact Author)

Duke University and NBER ( email )

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Durham, NC 27708-0120
United States
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