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Creator: Fogli, Alessandra and Perri, Fabrizio Series: Staff report (Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Research Department) Number: 512 Abstract:
Does macroeconomic volatility/uncertainty affect accumulation of net foreign assets? In OECD economies over the period 1970-2012, changes in country specific aggregate volatility are, after controlling for a wide array of factors, significantly positively associated with net foreign asset position. An increase in volatility (measured as the standard deviation of GDP growth) of 0.5% over period of 10 years is associated with an increase in the net foreign assets of around 8% of GDP. A standard open economy model with time varying aggregate uncertainty can quantitatively account for this relationship. The key mechanism is precautionary motive: more uncertainty induces residents to save more, and higher savings are in part channeled into foreign assets. We conclude that both data and theory suggest uncertainty/volatility is an important determinant of the medium/long run evolution of external imbalances in developed countries.
Parola chiave: Uncertainty, Business cycles, Global imbalances, Current account, and Precautionary saving Soggetto: F32 - Current Account Adjustment; Short-term Capital Movements, F34 - International Lending and Debt Problems, and F41 - Open Economy Macroeconomics
Creator: Fogli, Alessandra and Veldkamp, Laura Series: Staff report (Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Research Department) Number: 386 Abstract:
In the last century, the evolution of female labor force participation has been S-shaped: It rose slowly at first, then quickly, and has leveled off recently. Central to this dramatic rise has been entry of women with young children. We argue that this S-shaped dynamic came from generations of women learning about the relative importance of nature (endowed ability) and nurture (time spent child-rearing) for children’s outcomes. Each generation updates their parents’ beliefs by observing the children of employed women. When few women participate in the labor force, most observations are uninformative and participation rises slowly. As information accumulates and the effects of labor force participation become less uncertain, more women participate, learning accelerates and labor force participation rises faster. As beliefs converge to the truth, participation flattens out. Survey data, wage data and participation data support our mechanism and distinguish it from alternative explanations.
Parola chiave: Preference formation, Labor supply, Female labor force participation, S-shaped learning, and Endogenous information diffusion Soggetto: J21 - Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure, R12 - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity, N32 - Economic History: Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Welfare, Income, Wealth, Religion, and Philanthropy: U.S.; Canada: 1913-, and Z13 - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification
Creator: Fernandez, Raquel, 1959- and Fogli, Alessandra Series: Staff report (Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Research Department) Number: 361 Abstract:
We study the effect of culture on important economic outcomes by using the 1970 census to examine the work and fertility behavior of women born in the U.S. but whose parents were born elsewhere. We use past female labor force participation and total fertility rates from the country of ancestry as our cultural proxies. These variables should capture, in addition to past economic and institutional conditions, the beliefs commonly held about the role of women in society (i.e., culture). Given the different time and place, only the beliefs embodied in the cultural proxies should be potentially relevant. We show that these cultural proxies have positive and significant explanatory power for individual work and fertility outcomes, even after controlling for possible indirect effects of culture. We examine alternative hypotheses for these positive correlations and show that neither unobserved human capital nor networks are likely to be responsible.
Parola chiave: Networks, Female labor force participation, Cultural transmission, Immigrants, Family, Fertility, and Neighborhoods Soggetto: J22 - Time Allocation and Labor Supply, J16 - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination, J13 - Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth, J24 - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity, and Z13 - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification
Creator: Fogli, Alessandra and Veldkamp, Laura Series: Staff report (Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Research Department) Number: 572 Abstract:
Does the pattern of social connections between individuals matter for macroeconomic outcomes? If so, where do these differences come from and how large are their effects? Using network analysis tools, we explore how different social network structures affect technology diffusion and thereby a country's rate of growth. The correlation between high-diffusion networks and income is strongly positive. But when we use a model to isolate the effect of a change in social networks, the effect can be positive, negative, or zero. The reason is that networks diffuse ideas and disease. Low-diffusion networks have evolved in countries where disease is prevalent because limited connectivity protects residents from epidemics. But a low-diffusion network in a low-disease environment needlessly compromises the diffusion of good ideas. In general, social networks have evolved to fit their economic and epidemiological environment. Trying to change networks in one country to mimic those in a higher-income country may well be counterproductive.
Parola chiave: Development, Growth, Pathogens, Technology diffusion, Disease , Economic networks, and Social networks Soggetto: O10 - Economic Development: General, O33 - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes, I10 - Health: General, and E02 - Institutions and the Macroeconomy