Term Structure Effects of Demography and Quantitative Easing
Project funded by own resources
Project title Term Structure Effects of Demography and Quantitative Easing
Principal Investigator(s) Lengwiler, Yvan
Co-Investigator(s) Kugler, Peter
Organisation / Research unit Departement Wirtschaftswissenschaften / Finanzmärkte (Lengwiler)
Project start 01.01.2018
Probable end 31.12.2019
Status Completed

We estimate a theoretically well-founded equilibrium model of yield curves using thirty years of data, and employing a learning formulation of expectations. We find that the decline of real rates is essentially due to demographic shifts, and the decline of nominal yields is due to the taming of inflation. The asymmetric effect of demography casts doubts on the validity of the Fisher equation as a gauge for inflation expectations. We also report evidence that yields are influenced by investors who target nominal rather than real returns, and quantify the effect of growth and inflation expectations and quantitative easing.

Financed by University funds

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