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No 22/2000:
The Term Structure of Real Interest Rates: Theory and Evidence from UK Index-Linked Bonds

Juha Seppälä ()

Abstract: This paper studies the behavior of the default-risk-free real term structure and term premia in two general equilibrium endowment economies with complete markets but without money. In the first economy there are no frictions as in Lucas (1978) and in the second risk-sharing is limited by the risk of default as in Alvarez and Jermann (2000ab). Both models are solved numerically, calibrated to UK aggregate and household data, and the predictions are compared to data on real interest rates constructed from the UK index-linked data. While both models produce time-varying risk or term premia, only the model with limited risk-sharing can generate enough variation in the term premia to account for the rejections of expectations hypothesis.

Keywords: term structure of interest rates; general equilibrium; default risk; term premia; index-linked bonds; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: E43; E44; G12; (follow links to similar papers)

61 pages, December 29, 2000

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