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Some Lessons from the Yield Curve

John Y. Campbell

NBER Working Paper No. 5031
Issued in February 1995
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This paper reviews the literature on the relation between short- and long-term interest rates. It summarizes the mixed evidence on the expectations hypothesis of the term structure: when long rates are high relative to short rates, short rates tend to rise as implied by the expectations hypothesis, but long rates tend to fall which is contrary to the expectations hypothesis. The paper discusses the response of the U.S. bond market to shifts in monetary policy in the spring of 1994, and reviews the debate over the optimal maturity structure of the U.S. government debt.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w5031

Published: Journal of Economic Perspectives, vol. 9, no. 3, 1995, pp. 129-152 citation courtesy of

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