Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Financial Economics


Economics and Finance

Major Professor

Maroney, Neal; Hassan, Mohammed


This dissertation empirically and theoretically investigates three interrelated issues of market anomalies in interest rates derivatives and foreign exchange rates. The first essay models the spot exchange rate as a decomposition of permanent and transitory components. Unlike extant analysis, the transitory component could be stationary or explosive. The second essay examines the market efficiency hypothesis in the foreign exchange markets and relates the rejection of forward rate unbiasedness hypothesis to the existence of risk premium not to the failure of rational expectation. The third essay examines the behavior of short-term riskless rate and models the risk free rate as a nonlinear trend stationary process. While addressing these issues, these essays account for: (1) finite sample bias; (2) Unit root and other nonstationary behaviors; (3) the role of nonlinear trend; and (4) the interrelations between different behaviors. Several new results have been gleaned from our analysis; we find that: (1) the spot exchange rates display a very slow mean aversion behavior, which implies the failure of the purchasing power parity; (2) there are positive autocorrelations across the long horizons overlapping returns increases overtime and then begin to decline at a very long horizon period; (3) the short-term riskless rate displays a nonlinear trend stationary process which is closer to driftless random walk behavior; (4) modifying the mean reverting shortterm interest rates models to a nonlinear trend stationary shows an extreme improvement and outperforms all suggested models; (5) the traditional tests for rational expectations and market efficiency in the foreign exchange markets are subject to size distortions; (6) we relate the rejection of market efficiency in the foreign exchange markets documented across most currencies to the existence of risk premium not to the rejection of rational expectation hypothesis.


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