Revisiting Uncovered Interest Rate Parity: Switching between Uip and the Random Walk

19 Pages Posted: 3 Jan 2007

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Ronald Huisman

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus School of Economics (ESE)

Ronald Mahieu

Tilburg University - Center for Economic Research, Econometrics and Finance Group; TiasNimbas Business School

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Date Written: October 2006

Abstract

In this paper, we examine in which periods uncovered interest rate parity was likely to hold. Empirical research has shown mixed evidence on UIP. The main finding is that it doesn't hold, although some researchers were not able to reject UIP in periods with large interest differentials or high volatility. In this paper we introduce a switching regime framework in which we assume that the exchange rate can switch between a UIP regime and a random walk regime. Our empirical results provide evidence that exchange rate movements were consistent with UIP over some periods, but not all. Consistent with the existing literature we also show that in periods with large interest differentials or increased exchange rate volatility, the exchange rate is more likely to follow UIP.

Keywords: Exchange rates, Uncovered interest rate parity, Markov switching

JEL Classification: F31

Suggested Citation

Huisman, Ronald and Mahieu, Ronald J., Revisiting Uncovered Interest Rate Parity: Switching between Uip and the Random Walk (October 2006). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=954680 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.954680

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