Creator: Conesa, Juan Carlos, Kehoe, Timothy Jerome, 1953-, and Ruhl, Kim J. Series: Staff report (Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Research Department) Number: 401 Abstract:
This paper is a primer on the great depressions methodology developed by Cole and Ohanian (1999, 2007) and Kehoe and Prescott (2002, 2007). We use growth accounting and simple dynamic general equilibrium models to study the depression that occurred in Finland in the early 1990s. We find that the sharp drop in real GDP over the period 1990–93 was driven by a combination of a drop in total factor productivity (TFP) during 1990–92 and of increases in taxes on labor and consumption and increases in government consumption during 1989–94, which drove down hours worked in Finland. We attempt to endogenize the drop in TFP in variants of the model with an investment sector and with terms-of-trade shocks but are unsuccessful.
Subject (JEL): E32 - Business Fluctuations; Cycles, F59 - International Relations and International Political Economy: Other, E13 - General Aggregative Models: Neoclassical, E50 - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit: General, and F41 - Open Economy Macroeconomics
Creator: Conesa, Juan Carlos and Kehoe, Timothy Jerome, 1953- Series: Staff report (Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Research Department) Number: 497 Abstract:
In January 1995, U.S. President Bill Clinton organized a bailout for Mexico that imposed penalty interest rates and induced the Mexican government to reduce its debt, ending the debt crisis. Can the Troika (European Commission, European Central Bank, and International Monetary Fund) organize similar bailouts for the troubled countries in the Eurozone? Our analysis suggests that debt levels are so high that bailouts with penalty interest rates could induce the Eurozone governments to default rather than reduce their debt. A resumption of economic growth is one of the few ways that the Eurozone crises can end.
Keyword: Penalty interest rate, Sovereign debt, Bailout, and Collateral Subject (JEL): F34 - International Lending and Debt Problems, G01 - Financial Crises, and F53 - International Agreements and Observance; International Organizations
Creator: Conesa, Juan Carlos, Costa, Daniela, Kamali, Parisa , Kehoe, Timothy Jerome, 1953-, Nygaard, Vegard M., Raveendranathan, Gajendran, and Saxena, Akshar Series: Staff report (Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Research Department) Number: 548 Abstract:
This paper develops an overlapping generations model to study the macroeconomic effects of an unexpected elimination of Medicare. We ﬁnd that a large share of the elderly respond by substituting Medicaid for Medicare. Consequently, the government saves only 46 cents for every dollar cut in Medicare spending. We argue that a comparison of steady states is insufficient to evaluate the welfare effects of the reform. In particular, we ﬁnd lower ex-ante welfare gains from eliminating Medicare when we account for the costs of transition. Lastly, we ﬁnd that a majority of the current population benefits from the reform but that aggregate welfare, measured as the dollar value of the sum of wealth equivalent variations, is higher with Medicare.
Keyword: Overlapping generations, Transition path, Medicaid, Steady state, and Medicare Subject (JEL): I13 - Health Insurance, Public and Private, E21 - Macroeconomics: Consumption; Saving; Wealth, E62 - Fiscal Policy, and H51 - National Government Expenditures and Health
Creator: Conesa, Juan Carlos and Kehoe, Timothy Jerome, 1953- Series: Staff report (Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Research Department) Number: 550 Abstract:
In the early 1970s, hours worked per working-age person in Spain were higher than in the United States. Starting in 1975, however, hours worked in Spain fell by 40 percent. We find that 80 percent of the decline in hours worked can be accounted for by the evolution of taxes in an otherwise standard neoclassical growth model. Although taxes play a crucial role, we cannot argue that taxes drive all of the movements in hours worked. In particular, the model underpredicts the large decrease in hours in 1975–1986 and the large increase in hours in 1994–2007. The lack of productivity growth in Spain during 1994–2015 has little impact on the model’s prediction for hours worked.
Keyword: Hours worked, Distortionary taxes, Total factor productivity, and Dynamic general equilibrium Subject (JEL): E13 - General Aggregative Models: Neoclassical, C68 - Computable General Equilibrium Models, E24 - Employment; Unemployment; Wages; Intergenerational Income Distribution; Aggregate Human Capital; Aggregate Labor Productivity, and H31 - Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents: Household
Creator: Conesa, Juan Carlos and Kehoe, Timothy Jerome, 1953- Series: Staff report (Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Research Department) Number: 465 Abstract:
We develop a model for analyzing the sovereign debt crises of 2010–2013 in the Eurozone. The government sets its expenditure-debt policy optimally. The need to sell large quantities of bonds every period leaves the government vulnerable to self-fulfilling crises in which investors, anticipating a crisis, are unwilling to buy the bonds, thereby provoking the crisis. In this situation, the optimal policy of the government is to reduce its debt to a level where crises are not possible. If, however, the economy is in a recession where there is a positive probability of recovery in fiscal revenues, the government also has an incentive to smooth consumption and increase debt. Our exercise identifies conditions on fundamentals for which the incentive to smooth consumption dominates, giving rise to a situation where governments optimally “gamble for redemption,” running fiscal deficits and increasing their debt, thereby increasing their vulnerability to crises.
Keyword: Recession, Eurozone, Rollover crisis, and Debt crisis Subject (JEL): F34 - International Lending and Debt Problems, H13 - Economics of Eminent Domain; Expropriation; Nationalization, F44 - International Business Cycles, and E60 - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook: General
Creator: Conesa, Juan Carlos, Kehoe, Timothy Jerome, 1953-, Nygaard, Vegard M., and Raveendranathan, Gajendran Series: Staff report (Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Research Department) Number: 583 Abstract:
We develop and calibrate an overlapping generations general equilibrium model of the U.S. economy with heterogeneous consumers who face idiosyncratic earnings and health risk to study the implications of exogenous trends in increasing college attainment, decreasing fertility, and increasing longevity between 2005 and 2100. While all three trends contribute to a higher old age dependency ratio, increasing college attainment has different macroeconomic implications because it increases labor productivity. Decreasing fertility and increasing longevity require the government to increase the average labor tax rate from 32.0 to 44.4 percent. Increasing college attainment lowers the required tax increase by 10.1 percentage points. The required tax increase is higher under general equilibrium than in a small open economy with a constant interest rate because the reduction in the interest rate lowers capital income tax revenues.
Keyword: College attainment, Overlapping generations, Aging, Health care, and Taxation Subject (JEL): I13 - Health Insurance, Public and Private, J11 - Demographic Trends, Macroeconomic Effects, and Forecasts, H51 - National Government Expenditures and Health, H20 - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue: General, and H55 - Social Security and Public Pensions