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Risk Premiums in the Term Structure: Evidence from Artificial Economies

Working Paper 429 | Published March 1, 1989

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Authors

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Alan Gregory

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David K. Backus

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Stanley E. Zin

Risk Premiums in the Term Structure: Evidence from Artificial Economies

Abstract

We compare the statistical properties of prices of U.S. treasury bills to those generated by a theoretical dynamic exchange economy with complete markets. We show that the model can account for neither the sign nor the magnitude of average risk premiums in forward prices and holding-period returns. The economy is also incapable of generating enough variation in risk premiums to account for rejections of the expectations hypothesis with treasury bill data. These conclusions add to the growing list of empirical deficiencies of the representative agent model of asset pricing.