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Understanding the Forward Premium Puzzle: A Microstructure Approach

Craig Burnside, Martin S. Eichenbaum, Sergio Rebelo

NBER Working Paper No. 13278
Issued in July 2007
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High-interest-rate currencies tend to appreciate relative to low-interest-rate currencies. We argue that adverse-selection problems between participants in foreign exchange markets can account for this 'forward premium puzzle.' The key feature of our model is that the adverse selection problem facing market makers is worse when, based on public information, a currency is expected to appreciate.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w13278

Published: Craig Burnside & Martin Eichenbaum & Sergio Rebelo, 2009. "Understanding the Forward Premium Puzzle: A Microstructure Approach," American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, American Economic Association, vol. 1(2), pages 127-54, July.

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