Creator: Erceg, Christopher J. and Levin, Andrew T. (Andrew Theo) Series: Joint commitee on business and financial analysis Abstract:
The durable goods sector is much more interest sensitive than the non-durables sector, and these sectoral differences have important implications for monetary policy. In this paper, we perform VAR analysis of quarterly US data and find that a monetary policy innovation has a peak impact on durable expenditures that is roughly five times as large as its impact on non-durable expenditures. We then proceed to formulate and calibrate a two-sector dynamic general equilibrium model that roughly matches the impulse response functions of the data. We derive the social welfare function and show that the optimal monetary policy rule responds to sector-specific inflation rates and output gaps. We show that some commonlyprescribed policy rules perform poorly in terms of social welfare, especially rules that put a higher weight on inflation stabilization than on output gap stabilization. By contrast, it is interesting that certain rules that react only to aggregate variables, including aggregate output gap targeting and rules that respond to a weighted average of price and wage inflation, may yield a welfare level close to the optimum given a typical distribution of shocks.
关键词: Monetary policy, Consumer, Business cycles, Durable goods, and Social welfare 学科: E31 - Prices, business fluctuations, and cycles - Price level ; Inflation ; Deflation, E52 - Monetary policy, central banking, and the supply of money and credit - Monetary policy, and E32 - Prices, business fluctuations, and cycles - Business fluctuations ; Cycles
Creator: Nevin, Edward. Series: Working paper (Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Research Dept.) Number: 9 描述:
The 1972 version of WP9 was published as part of the Ninth District Economic Series.
关键词: Policy making, Banking, and Regionalism 学科: G21 - Financial institutions and services - Banks ; Other depository institutions ; Micro finance institutions ; Mortgages and R58 - Regional government analysis - Regional development policy
Creator: Backus, David. and Kehoe, Patrick J. Series: Working paper (Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Research Dept.) Number: 359 Abstract:
We show that some classes of sterilized interventions have no effect on equilibrium prices or quantities. The proof does not depend on complete markets, infinitely-lived agents, Ricardian equivalence, monetary neutrality, or the law of one price. Moreover, regressions of exchange rates or interest differentials on variables measuring the currency composition of the debt may contain no information, in our theoretical economy, about the effectiveness of such interventions. Another class of interventions requires simultaneous changes in monetary and fiscal policy; their effects depend, generally, on the influence of tax distortions, government spending, and money supplies on economic behavior. We suggest that in applying the portfolio balance approach to the study of intervention, lack 01 explicit modeling of these features is a serious flaw.
关键词: Debts, external and Foreign exchange law and legislation 学科: F41 - Macroeconomic aspects of international trade and finance - Open economy macroeconomics, F31 - International finance - Foreign exchange, and H30 - Fiscal policies and behavior of economic agents - General
Creator: Kahn, Charles M. Series: Working paper (Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Research Dept.) Number: 266 Abstract:
In this article we use the techniques developed in examining optimal contracting with imperfect information to build a simple equilibrium model of a labor market with imperfect information. We then use the model to examine the effects that imperfect information imposes on labor markets, particularly when compared with full information and noncontractual base lines. We demonstrate that quits increase in periods of high output, without postulating exogenous price rigidity.
关键词: Spot markets, Information, Job change, Quitter, Job search, and Employment 学科: J24 - Demand and supply of labor - Human capital ; Skills ; Occupational choice ; Labor productivity and D80 - Information, knowledge, and uncertainty - General
Creator: Smith, Bruce D., d. 2002. Series: Working paper (Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Research Dept.) Number: 225 Abstract:
A model of a labor market is developed in which agents possess private information about their own productivities. This has the property that firms may use unemployment to create appropriate self-selection incentives. When this is the case, existence of an equilibrium may require that employment be stochastic. This is true even though all uncertainty is necessarily resolved prior to hiring. Even when existence is not at issue, it may be privately as well as socially desirable to randomize employment prospects. Finally, it is argued that this "adverse selection" approach is consistent with traditional "Keynesian" approaches to macroeconomics, but avoids some of the arbitrary features of several "Keynesian models."
关键词: Random employment, Labor, Randomized employment, and Private information 学科: D83 - Information, knowledge, and uncertainty - Search ; Learning ; Information and knowledge ; Communication ; Belief and J64 - Mobility, unemployment, and vacancies - Unemployment : Models, duration, incidence, and job search
Creator: Dahl, David S. and Gane, Samuel H. Series: Working paper (Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Research Dept.) Number: 129 Abstract:
An important contention of Proposition 13's proponents was that a tax reduction would boost economic activity. It is too early to ascertain whether or not this has happened in California. This study addresses the issue in a more general context by attempting to answer the question: Do state and local taxes affect economic growth? Economic theory tells us that a change in the level of state and local taxes might affect economic growth in a number of ways, but the direction of the net result is not obvious. The methodology used here is multiple regression analysis across states. The major contribution of this study is the use of other variables besides taxes to explain growth in personal income, reducing possible biases in the results of previous work in this area. The results of this study indicate that state and local taxes may be a significant deterrent to growth in personal income.
关键词: Income tax, Property tax, Personal income, and Proposition 13 学科: H24 - Taxation, subsidies and revenue - Personal income and other nonbusiness taxes and subsidies and H71 - State and local government ; Intergovernmental relations - State and local taxation, subsidies, and revenue