The Term Structure of Interest Rates in India

  • Rajnish Mehra
  • Arunima Sinha


We examine the term structure of interest rates in India to see if the yield curve can be rationalized based on the ‘expectations hypothesis.’ Although we find evidence of predictability for holding period returns, we reject the null hypothesis that the expectations hypothesis holds for the period under consideration. Contrary to the finding in the US, the volatility of Indian bond returns is consistent with the expectations hypothesis. Returns on long-term bonds are less volatile than those of short-term bonds. The volatility puzzle documented by Shiller on US data is not observed in Indian bond returns.


Interest Rate Monetary Policy Term Structure Yield Curve Real Interest Rate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Arizona State UniversityTempeUSA
  2. 2.NBERCambridgeUSA
  3. 3.NCAERNew DelhiIndia
  4. 4.Luxembourg School of FinanceLuxembourgLuxembourg
  5. 5.Fordham UniversityNew YorkUSA

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