Creator: Nevin, Edward. Series: Working paper (Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Research Dept.) Number: 9 Description:
The 1972 version of WP9 was published as part of the Ninth District Economic Series.
Keyword: Policy making, Regionalism, and Banking Subject (JEL): G21 - Financial institutions and services - Banks ; Other depository institutions ; Micro finance institutions ; Mortgages and R58 - Regional government analysis - Regional development policy
Creator: Boot, Arnoud W. A. (Willem Alexander), 1960-, Greenbaum, Stuart I., and Thakor, Anjan V. Series: Monetary theory and financial intermediation Abstract:
We explain why contracting parties may choose ambiguous financial contracts. Introducing ambiguity may be optimal, even when unambiguous contracts can be costlessly written. We show that an ambiguous contract has two advantages. First, it permits the guarantor to sacrifice reputational capital in order to preserve financial capital as well as information reusability in states where such tradeoff is optimal. Second, it fosters the development of reputation. This theory is then used to explain ambiguity in mutual fund contracts, bank loan commitments, bank holding company relationships, the investment banker's "highly confident" letter, non-recourse debt contracts in project financing, and other financial contracts.
Subject (JEL): G20 - Financial Institutions and Services: General, K12 - Contract Law, and D86 - Information, knowledge, and uncertainty - Economics of contract : Theory
Creator: Backus, David. and Kehoe, Patrick J. Series: Conference on economics and politics Abstract:
We document properties of business cycles in ten countries over the last hundred years, contrasting the behavior of real quantities with that of the price level and the stock of money. Although the magnitude of output fluctuations has varied across countries and periods, relations among variables have been remarkably uniform. Consumption has generally been about as variable as output, and investment substantially more variable, and both have been strongly procydical. The trade balance has generally been countercyclical. The exception to this regularity is government purchases, which exhibit no systematic cyclical tendency. With respect to the size of output fluctuations, standard deviations are largest between the two world wars. In some countries (notably Australia and Canada) they are substantially larger prior to World War I than after World War II, but in others (notably Japan and the United Kingdom) there is little difference between these periods. Properties of price levels, in contrast, exhibit striking differences between periods. Inflation rates are more persistent after World War II than before, and price level fluctuations are typically procyclical before World War II, countercyclical afterward. We find no general tendency toward increased persistence in money growth rates, but find that fluctuations in money are less highly correlated with output in the postwar period.
Subject (JEL): E31 - Prices, business fluctuations, and cycles - Price level ; Inflation ; Deflation and E32 - Prices, business fluctuations, and cycles - Business fluctuations ; Cycles
Creator: Baxter, Marianne, 1956- Series: Nonlinear rational expectations modeling group Abstract:
This paper develops a new method for approximating dynamic competitive equilibria in economies in which competitive equilibrium is not necessarily Pareto optimal. The method involves finding approximate equilibrium policy functions by iterating on the stochastic Euler equations which characterize the economy's equilibrium. Two applications are presented: the stochastic growth model of Brock and Mirman (1971) modified to allow distortionary taxation, and a model of inflation and capital accumulation based on Stockman (1981). The computational speed and accuracy of this approach suggests that it may be a feasible method for studying suboptimal economies with large state spaces.
Subject (JEL): C61 - Mathematical methods and programming - Optimization techniques ; Programming models ; Dynamic analysis, E51 - Monetary policy, central banking, and the supply of money and credit - Money supply ; Credit ; Money multipliers, and C63 - Mathematical methods and programming - Computational techniques ; Simulation modeling
Creator: Prati, Alessandro, 1961- Series: Monetary theory and financial intermediation Abstract:
The data and press commentaries studied in this paper call for a reinterpretation of the French inflationary crisis and its stabilization in 1926. In contrast with T. J. Sargent's (1984) interpretation, there is evidence that the budgetary situation was well in hand and that only fear of a capital levy made the public unwilling to buy government bonds. As a result, the government had to repay the bonds coming to maturity with monetary financing. Only when Poincare introduced a bill to shift the tax burden off bondholders did the demand for government bonds recover and inflation stop.
Subject (JEL): E31 - Prices, business fluctuations, and cycles - Price level ; Inflation ; Deflation, E65 - Macroeconomic policy, macroeconomic aspects of public finance, and general outlook - Studies of particular policy episodes, E52 - Monetary policy, central banking, and the supply of money and credit - Monetary policy, and N24 - Economic History: Financial Markets and Institutions: Europe: 1913-
Creator: İmrohoroglu, Selahattin. Series: Macroeconomics with heterogenous agents, incomplete markets, liquidity constraints, and transaction costs Abstract:
This paper investigates the optimal tax structure in an overlapping generations model in which individuals face idiosyncratic income risk, borrowing constraints and lifetime uncertainty. The calibrated model economy produces some quantitative results that differ significantly from the findings of the previous research. The main finding in this imperfect insurance setup is that moving away from capital income taxation toward higher labor income taxation yields a (steady-state) welfare benefit of 1% of aggregate consumption compared with the 6% figure Lucas (1990) finds in an infinite-horizon, complete markets model. This is because replacing the tax on capital income with a higher tax on labor income redistributes resources away from the young working years during which borrowing constraints are more likely to bind. Furthermore, when the individuals have access to a private annuity market to insure against uncertain lifetimes, it becomes optimal to tax capital. When a consumption tax is made available, it is optimal to switch to consumption taxation. The welfare benefit from implementing this optimal plan is on the order of 1.5-3.2% of GNP.
Subject (JEL): H21 - Taxation, subsidies and revenue - Efficiency ; Optimal taxation and D52 - General equilibrium and disequilibrium - Incomplete markets
Creator: Aschauer, David Alan. Series: Business analysis committee meeting Abstract:
This paper considers the relationship between total private factor productivity and stock and flow government expenditure variables. The empirical results indicate that (i) the nonmilitary public capital stock is dramatically more important in determining productivity than is either the flow of nonmilitary or military spending, (ii) military capital is not productive, and (iii) the public stock of structures--especially a "core" infrastructure of streets, highways, sewers, and water systems--has more explanatory power for productivity than does the stock of equipment. The paper also suggests an important role for the net public capital stock in the "productivity slowdown" of the last fifteen years.
Subject (JEL): D24 - Production and organizations - Production ; Cost ; Capital and total factor productivity ; Capacity and H54 - National government expenditures and related policies - Infrastructures ; Other public investment and capital stock
Creator: Bordo, Michael D., Rappoport, Peter., and Schwartz, Anna J. (Anna Jacobson), 1915-2012. Series: Monetary theory and financial intermediation Abstract:
In this paper we examine the evidence for two competing views of how monetary and financial disturbances influenced the real economy during the national banking era, 1880-1914. According to the monetarist view, monetary disturbances affected the real economy through changes on the liability side of the banking system's balance sheet independent of the composition of bank portfolios. According to the credit rationing view, equilibrium credit rationing in a world of asymmetric information can explain short-run fluctuations in real output. Using structural VARs we incorporate monetary variables in credit models and credit variables in monetarist models, with inconclusive results. To resolve this ambiguity, we invoke the institutional features of the national banking era. Most of the variation in bank loans is accounted for by loans secured by stock, which in turn reflect volatility in the stock market. When account is taken of the stock market, the influence of credit in the VAR model is greatly reduced, while the influence of money remains robust. The breakdown of the composition of bank loans into stock market loans (traded in open asset markets) and other business loans (a possible setting for credit rationing) reveals that other business loans remained remarkably stable over the business cycle.
Subject (JEL): N21 - Economic History: Financial Markets and Institutions: U.S.; Canada: Pre-1913 and N11 - Macroeconomics and monetary economics ; Growth and fluctuations - United States ; Canada : Pre-1913