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: Taxation, Health care, College attainment, Overlapping generations, and Aging Subject (JEL): I13 - Health Insurance, Public and Private, H51 - National Government Expenditures and Health, J11 - Demographic Trends, Macroeconomic Effects, and Forecasts, H55 - Social Security and Public Pensions, and H20 - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue: General
Creator: Kehoe, Timothy Jerome, 1953-, Machicado, Carlos Gustavo, and Peres Cajías, José Alejandro, 1982- Series: Staff report (Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Research Department) Number: 579 Abstract:
After the economic reforms that followed the National Revolution of the 1950s, Bolivia seemed positioned for sustained growth. Indeed, it achieved unprecedented growth from 1960 to 1977. Mistakes in economic policies, especially the rapid accumulation of debt due to persistent deficits and a fixed exchange rate policy during the 1970s, led to a debt crisis that began in 1977. From 1977 to 1986, Bolivia lost almost all the gains in GDP per capita that it had achieved since 1960. In 1986, Bolivia started to grow again, interrupted only by the financial crisis of 1998–2002, which was the result of a drop in the availability of external financing. Bolivia has grown since 2002, but government policies since 2006 are reminiscent of the policies of the 1970s that led to the debt crisis, in particular, the accumulation of external debt and the drop in international reserves due to a de facto fixed exchange rate since 2012.
Keyword: Fiscal policy, Public enterprises, Bolivia, Hyperinflation, and Monetary policy Subject (JEL): H63 - National Debt; Debt Management; Sovereign Debt, E52 - Monetary Policy, E63 - Comparative or Joint Analysis of Fiscal and Monetary Policy; Stabilization; Treasury Policy, and N16 - Economic History: Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics; Industrial Structure; Growth; Fluctuations: Latin America; Caribbean
Creator: Asturias, Jose, Hur, Sewon, Kehoe, Timothy Jerome, 1953-, and Ruhl, Kim J. Series: Staff report (Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Research Department) Number: 544 Abstract:
Applying the Foster, Haltiwanger, and Krizan (FHK) (2001) decomposition to plant-level manufacturing data from Chile and Korea, we find that the entry and exit of plants account for a larger fraction of aggregate productivity growth during periods of fast GDP growth. Studies of other countries confirm this empirical relationship. To analyze this relationship, we develop a simple model of firm entry and exit based on Hopenhayn (1992) in which there are analytical expressions for the FHK decomposition. When we introduce reforms that reduce entry costs or reduce barriers to technology adoption into a calibrated model, we find that the entry and exit terms in the FHK decomposition become more important as GDP grows rapidly, just as they do in the data from Chile and Korea.
Keyword: Productivity, Exit, Barriers to technology adoption, Entry, and Entry costs Subject (JEL): O38 - Technological Change: Government Policy, O47 - Empirical Studies of Economic Growth; Aggregate Productivity; Cross-Country Output Convergence, O10 - Economic Development: General, and E22 - Investment; Capital; Intangible Capital; Capacity
Creator: Kehoe, Timothy Jerome, 1953-, Ruhl, Kim J., and Steinberg, Joseph B. Series: Staff report (Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Research Department) Number: 489 Abstract:
Since the early 1990s, as the United States borrowed heavily from the rest of the world, employment in the U.S. goods-producing sector has fallen. We construct a dynamic general equilibrium model with several mechanisms that could generate declining goods-sector employment: foreign borrowing, nonhomothetic preferences, and differential productivity growth across sectors. We find that only 15.1 percent of the decline in goods-sector employment from 1992 to 2012 stems from U.S. trade deficits; most of the decline is due to differential productivity growth. As the United States repays its debt, its trade balance will reverse, but goods-sector employment will continue to fall.
Keyword: Global imbalances, Structural change, and Real exchange rate Subject (JEL): O41 - One, Two, and Multisector Growth Models, F34 - International Lending and Debt Problems, and E13 - General Aggregative Models: Neoclassical
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, Debt crisis, Eurozone, and Rollover crisis Subject (JEL): F44 - International Business Cycles, F34 - International Lending and Debt Problems, H13 - Economics of Eminent Domain; Expropriation; Nationalization, and E60 - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook: General
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: Dynamic general equilibrium, Hours worked, Total factor productivity, and Distortionary taxes 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: Kehoe, Timothy Jerome, 1953-, Pujolas, Pau S., and Rossbach, Jack Series: Staff report (Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Research Department) Number: 537 Abstract:
Applied general equilibrium (AGE) models, which feature multiple countries, multiple industries, and input-output linkages across industries, have been the dominant tool for evaluating the impact of trade reforms since the 1980s. We review how these models are used to perform policy analysis and document their shortcomings in predicting the industry-level effects of past trade reforms. We argue that, to improve their performance, AGE models need to incorporate product-level data on bilateral trade relations by industry and better model how trade reforms lower bilateral trade costs. We use the least traded products methodology of Kehoe et al. (2015) to provide guidance on how improvements can be made. We provide further suggestions on how AGE models can incorporate recent advances in quantitative trade theory to improve their predictive ability and better quantify the gains from trade liberalization.
Keyword: Applied general equilibrium, Input-output linkages, Trade costs, Armington elasticities, and Trade liberalization Subject (JEL): F11 - Neoclassical Models of Trade, F14 - Empirical Studies of Trade, F17 - Trade: Forecasting and Simulation, and F13 - Trade Policy; International Trade 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: Medicare, Steady state, Transition path, Overlapping generations, and Medicaid Subject (JEL): E62 - Fiscal Policy, E21 - Macroeconomics: Consumption; Saving; Wealth, I13 - Health Insurance, Public and Private, and H51 - National Government Expenditures and Health
Creator: Kehoe, Timothy Jerome, 1953-, Pujolas, Pau S., and Ruhl, Kim J. Series: Staff report (Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Research Department) Number: 533 Abstract:
We show that a trade model with an exogenous set of heterogeneous firms with fixed operating costs has the same aggregate outcomes as a span-of-control model. Fixed costs in the heterogeneous-firm model are entrepreneurs' forgone wage in the span-of-control model.
Keyword: Span-of-control model, Firm heterogeneity, International trade, and Income distribution Subject (JEL): D43 - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design: Oligopoly and Other Forms of Market Imperfection, F12 - Models of Trade with Imperfect Competition and Scale Economies; Fragmentation, and D31 - Personal Income, Wealth, and Their Distributions
Creator: Asturias, Jose, Hur, Sewon, Kehoe, Timothy Jerome, 1953-, and Ruhl, Kim J. Series: Staff report (Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Research Department) Number: 521 Abstract:
In what order should a developing country adopt policy reforms? Do some policies complement each other? Do others substitute for each other? To address these questions, we develop a two-country dynamic general equilibrium model with entry and exit of firms that are monopolistic competitors. Distortions in the model include barriers to entry of firms, barriers to international trade, and barriers to contract enforcement. We find that a reform that reduces one of these distortions has different effects depending on the other distortions present. In particular, reforms to trade barriers and barriers to the entry of new firms are substitutable, as are reforms to contract enforcement and trade barriers. In contrast, reforms to contract enforcement and the barriers to entry are complementary. Finally, the optimal sequencing of reforms requires reforming trade barriers before contract enforcement.
Keyword: Sequencing reforms, Entry barriers, Contract enforcement, and Trade barriers Subject (JEL): F13 - Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations, O24 - Development Planning and Policy: Trade Policy; Factor Movement; Foreign Exchange Policy, O19 - International Linkages to Development; Role of International Organizations, F40 - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance: General, and O11 - Macroeconomic Analyses of Economic Development