The Missing Risk Premium in Exchange Rates
Speaker(s)Magnus Dahlquist (Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden)
LocationTinbergen Institute Amsterdam, Room 1.01
Date and time
November 28, 2018
12:00 - 13:00
It is well known that the interest rate differential (the forward premium) predicts currency returns. However, we find that the real exchange rate, not the interest rate differential, is the main predictor of currency returns at longer horizons. We relate this finding to other puzzling features of currency markets, namely that the real exchange rate contemporaneously appreciates with the interest rate differential and that the positive relationship between currency risk premia and the interest rate differential reverses over longer horizons. Models in which the currency risk premium depends on the interest rate differential and a missing risk premium, capturing deviations from the purchasing power parity, can rationalize these observations. Joint with Julien Penasse.