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Term Structure Economics from A to B

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The interest rates for bonds of different maturities are related, but the interplay of factors that influence these rates is not easy to tease apart. The author leads the reader through the development of a model of the term structure of interest rates, then works with the model to provide some insights into the interplay of factors, especially the effect of uncertainty on interest rates. His analysis shows how a common simplification known as the expectations hypothesis obscures the significant contribution that uncertainty can make to the determination of interest rates.

Suggested citation: Haubrich, Joseph. “Term Structure Economics from A to B,” Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Economic Review, vol. 35, no. 3, pp. 02-09, 09.01.1999.

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