Some Empirical Estimates of the Risk Structure of Interest Rates

  • Author(s): ODED SARIG, ARTHUR WARGA
  • Published: Apr 30, 2012
  • Pages: 1351-1360
  • DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-6261.1989.tb02657.x

ABSTRACT

This paper investigates the risk structure of interest rates using pure discount bonds. The most striking feature of our estimates of default‐risk premia is the resemblance of their time profile to the theoretical time profile obtained by Merton (1974).

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