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Interest parity, cointegration, and the term structure: Testing in an integrated framework

Dimitris Georgoutsos and Georgios Kouretas ()

International Review of Financial Analysis, 2016, vol. 46, issue C, 281-294

Abstract: In this paper, we develop a methodology for testing jointly the validity of the expectations hypothesis of the term structure (EHTS) and the uncovered interest rate parity (UIRP) within the framework provided by cointegration theory. For this purpose, we use data on interest rates from the U.S. dollar-Libor, GBP-Libor, and Euro-Libor markets with maturities ranging from 7days to 12months. The main findings of our analysis are as follows: (i) we fail to find the correct rank of the cointegration space suggested by our methodology; (ii) with the application of tests for parameter stability in cointegrated models, we show that our cointegration results are sample independent and that the estimated coefficients do not suffer from instabilities in recursive estimations; (iii) from the moving average representation of the model, we estimate the common stochastic trends whose components establish, in the USD/Euro case, the interdependence of interest rates in the formation of the driving forces of the system; (iv) we manage to identify with the two theories a sub-space of the estimated cointegration space.

Keywords: Cointegration; Expectations theory; Uncovered interest parity; Eurocurrency markets; Temporal stability (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C32 E43 E44 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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DOI: 10.1016/j.irfa.2015.12.001

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