Estimation of a nonparametric model for bond prices from cross-section and time series information

Bonsoo Koo, Davide La Vecchia, Oliver B. Linton

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We develop a novel estimation methodology for an additive nonparametric panel model that is suitable for capturing the pricing of coupon-paying government bonds followed over many time periods. We use our model to estimate the discount function and yield curve of nominally riskless government bonds. The novelty of our approach is the combination of two different techniques: cross-sectional nonparametric methods and kernel estimation for time varying dynamics in the time series context. The resulting estimator is used for predicting individual bond prices given the full schedule of their future payments. In addition, it is able to capture the yield curve shapes and dynamics commonly observed in the fixed income markets. We establish the consistency, the rate of convergence, and the asymptotic normality of the proposed estimator. A Monte Carlo exercise illustrates the good performance of the method under different scenarios. We apply our methodology to the daily CRSP bond market dataset, and compare ours with the popular Diebold and Li (2006) method.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)562-588
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of Econometrics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2021


  • Nonparametric inference
  • Panel data
  • Time varying
  • Yield curve dynamics

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