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Title: INFLATION EXPECTATIONS DERIVED FROM FOREIGN
Authors: AZOULAY, EDDY
BRENNER, MENACHEM
LANDSKRONER, YORAM
Issue Date: 25-May-2008
Series/Report no.: FIN-07-001
Abstract: Inflation expectations are a key economic variable for investors in capital markets and for economic policy decision makers. One of the widely used sources for deriving inflation expectations are market prices of bonds. The yield differential between nominal bonds and inflation-indexed (linked) bonds is taken to be an estimate of expected inflation. The problem is however that in a risk averse world the yield differential includes an inflation risk premium and thus the yield differential provides an upward bias of inflation expectations. The novelty of our paper is that we estimate this risk premium using volatility implied in options prices. In the absence of a market in options on inflation we use prices of foreign currency options to estimate this risk premium. The theoretical foundation of our methodology is purchasing power parity theory. The Israeli financial market has both, an inflation linked and non linked bond market and an active FX options market. Using data from both markets we find a statistically and economically significant inflation risk premium.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2451/26287
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