Equilibrium Interest Rates and Multiperiod Bonds in a Partially Observable Economy


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This paper analyzes the market for financial assets in a production and exchange economy with several realized outputs and a single unobservable source of nondiversifiable risk. The paper demonstrates that, for a large class of diffusion outputs and preferences, optimizing consumers first estimate the realizations of the unobservable factor and then use these estimates to determine portfolio and consumption rules. Moreover, the explicit consideration of this unobservable productivity factor affects equilibrium demands and prices. The equilibrium spot rate of interest emerges as the “best estimate” of the unobservable factor, and multiperiod default‐free bonds arise as the optimal hedge for the unobservable changes of the stochastic investment opportunity set. 1986 The American Finance Association

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)369-382
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Finance
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics


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