Estimating the domestic short rate in a convergence model of interest rates

Zuzana Bučková, Zuzana Girová, Beáta Stehlíková


In this paper we study the convergence model of interest rates by
by Corzo and Schwartz. It models the situation when a country is going to
enter a monetary union, for example the eurozone. We are interested in estimating the underlying short rate, which is a theoretical variable, not observed on the market. We use the procedure already employed for the Vasicek model to the eurozone data and for the case of a zero correlation we show that a similar procedure can be used also for the estimation of the domestic parameters and the short rate values. The assumption of the zero correlation allows us to simplify the optimization problem, but using simulations we show that our algorithm is robust to the specication of the correlation. It estimates the short rate with a high precision also in the original case of a nonzero correlation,
as well as in the case of a dynamic correlation, when the correlation is modelled
as a function of time. Finally, we use the algorithm to real market data
and estimate the short rate before adoption of the euro currency in Slovakia,
Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

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