Identification of Maximal Affine Term Structure Models
53 Pages Posted: 12 Jan 2007
Building on the approach of Duffie and Kan (1996) who use finite maturity yields as the state vector, we propose a new representation of affine models in which the state vector is composed of infinitesimal maturity yields and their quadratic covariations. Because these variables possess unambiguous economic interpretations, they generate a representation that is globally identifiable. Further, this representation is more flexible than the maximal model of Dai and Singleton (2000) in that there are more identifiable parameters. We implement this new representation for two different three-factor models. The fact that our state vector can be estimated model-independently from yield curve data presents advantages for the estimation and interpretation of multi-factor models.
Keywords: Term Structure of Interest rates
JEL Classification: G12, G13
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