The Term Structure of Interest Rates in a Partially Observable Economy

  • Author(s): DAVID FELDMAN
  • Published: Apr 30, 2012
  • Pages: 789-812
  • DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-6261.1989.tb04391.x


This paper investigates the term structure of interest rates in a multiperiod production and exchange economy with incomplete information. Unable to observe their stochastic investment opportunities, investors engage in dynamic Bayesian inference. This results in the endogenous identification of a more complex production function which generates a richer term structure, resembling the one that actual market prices imply. In addition, this paper introduces a characteristic function of the term structure and demonstrates that, in contrast with a fully observable economy, the widely investigated expectations hypothesis holds true only if interest rates are nonstochastic.

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