توزیع درآمد و ارز در مدل جستجو پویا
|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|11135||2011||14 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||محاسبه نشده|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : International Review of Economics & Finance, Volume 20, Issue 4, October 2011, Pages 665–678
This paper studies the link between income distribution and trade mechanisms in a dynamic search model with two-sided asymmetric information. Buyers and sellers have imperfect information about the income levels of the other group. Furthermore, asymmetry of information about incomes is the source of price dispersion. In such a frictional environment, we capture the effects of a change in inter- and intra-class income distribution on the trade mechanism, which is represented by the expected trade volume and the flux of buyers and sellers in the market.
The relationship between trade processes and income distribution as a source of information asymmetry has not received the attention it deserves. We seek to remedy this by providing a framework in which income distribution, as a source of information asymmetry, enters into the determination of trade volumes and into market entry and exit decisions. A large body of work has used decentralized matching and bargaining models to analyze frictional exchange. Much research has focused on characterizing and outlining the efficiency properties of equilibria in decentralized matching and bargaining models with search frictions (e.g. Corominas-Bosch, 2004, Lamoureux and Schnitzlein, 1997 and Yavas, 2001). However, only some of these models are dynamic and have the property of two-sided incomplete information (e.g. Atakan, 2007, Blouin and Serrano, 2001, Satterthwaite and Shneyerov, 2007 and Wolinsky, 1990). Using a similar structure, we draw attention to a different subject: the link between income distribution and trade in a realistic environment rather than highlighting the efficiency properties of equilibria. For this, we build an exchange economy with a trading mechanism as described above. In contrast to Walrasian models of competitive market equilibrium, in which the Walrasian auctioneer adjudicates the process of tâtonnement, we consider a market for an indivisible good in which the trade process is decentralized: prices are determined in direct contacts between pairs of buyers and sellers. There are continua of heterogeneous buyers and sellers. Each seller has one unit of the homogeneous and durable good for sale and each buyer wishes to buy exactly one unit. Time elapses discretely over an infinite horizon. Trade between buyers and sellers is coordinated by a stochastic pairwise matching process. One of the interesting features of two-sided asymmetric information in exchange models is that they possess price dispersion. In this study, dispersion of prices originates from the dispersion of income, specified as the unique source of asymmetric information to deduce a relationship between income distribution and how the trade mechanism operates. In the literature, there is no consensus on the sources of price dispersion. Several alternative explanations of the origin of price dispersion have been suggested, usually relying on some form of exogenously specified heterogeneity amongst agents in the economy (inter alia Reinganum, 1979, Burdett and Judd, 1983, Rob, 1985 and Paulsen and von Ungern-Stenberg, 1992). Referring to income dispersion as a source of price dispersion deserves an explanation. It is a well-known observation that there is causality between the income levels of buyers (their purchasing power) and the threshold prices that they can accept. However, it is not as clear that price dispersion arises as a consequence of differences in income distribution. In fact, the level of sellers' income can emerge as a significant parameter of optimal price offers if participants in the market are only individuals, or the markets are personalized markets like second-hand markets (for example, durable goods like (used) cars and houses). Individual sellers may become more reluctant to sell their goods and ask for higher prices as they become richer. Such an income effect on optimal pricing behavior of sellers may originate from the fact that sellers with higher income would have a luxury of waiting. The closest study to ours in terms of referring to the source of asymmetry, as far as we know, is the study by Edmonds and Veldkamp (2006). In their model of decentralized trade specified differently to ours, income dispersion leads only to one-sided asymmetric information about buyer characteristics. However, we introduce income distribution as the origin of two-sided asymmetric information. This gives us an opportunity to analyze the relationship between the trade mechanism and income distribution, an approach which is lacking in previous research. We categorize income distribution as inter-class and intra-class income distribution. While inter-class income distribution describes the position of the average income of buyers with respect to that of sellers, intra-class income distribution refers to the income distribution within each separate group (buyers and sellers). We track the connection between what these definitions of income distribution imply and the indicators that capture trade mechanism. For this purpose, we use two indicators to capture the trade mechanism: trade volume and the volume of active buyers and sellers in trade. Using the indicator of trade volume, we assess whether income distribution is essential in determining the change in trade activities in a frictional environment or not. Appraising changes in the volume of active buyers and sellers assists us to understand the dynamics of trading mechanism: the flux mechanism. Among many other indicators that represent how the market works, we choose these indicators since they are analytically tractable in a frictional set-up. The results that we find imply that changes in income distribution may be crucial in terms of affecting the direction of trade volumes and the entry and exit decisions of agents. One important result among many is that the effect of an increase in total income level that leads to a change in inter-class income distribution on the amount of expected trade and the entry and exit decisions of agents depends on how that increase is distributed between buyers and sellers. An increase in income that is sufficiently high on behalf of buyers apparently increases the volume of expected trade and causes more buyers to enter the market. However the change in the volume of active sellers requires that we know the degree of the response of buyers when they raise critical prices in response to increased reluctance of sellers due to sellers having higher income. We also find that if a change occurs in intra-class income distribution that results in deterioration of income dispersion among sellers, the volume of expected trade increases. However, the relationship between the buyers' income dispersion and the volume of expected trade is ambiguous, because it depends on the relative strengths of income, price and uncertainty effects. In contrast, we look at the effects of specific changes in both inter-class and intra-class income distributions. For example, a fall in income disparity that results in an increase in the income of buyers at the bottom and a decrease in income of sellers at the top may yield an increase in the expected amount of trade. These results are important from two perspectives. Firstly, they are useful to understand how selective welfare and tax policies can be used to improve trade mechanisms. Secondly, they help us to understand the channels through which probable external shocks on income distribution spill over on trade in a frictional environment, shedding light on the mechanics of income, price and uncertainty effects. Several studies show that income dispersion changes coincide with business cycles (e.g. Caballero and Hammour, 1994 and Lustig and Van Nieuwerburgh, 2005). Hence, a contribution to understanding the link between trade mechanisms and income dispersion in a realistic environment can assist policy-makers to produce desirable redistributive policies to minimize welfare losses during business cycles. The rest of the paper is organized as follows: The model is presented in Section 2. In Section 3, we provide relevant definitions of income distribution. Section 4 argues the comparative statistics for income distribution and trade volume. Section 5 introduces the flux mechanism and relevant comparative statics. Concluding remarks are in Section 6.
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
Though research into the effects of two-sided asymmetric information in a dynamic framework has burgeoned recently our contribution is the first, as far as we know, to use income distribution as a source of two-sided asymmetric information. There is a rich and significant interdependence between the income level of an agent, the economy-wide distribution of income, optimal decision of an agent and how the economy operates. Nonetheless, we believe that the relationship of the individual to society, as exemplified by their class status, suffers from a lack of attention. However, its pertinence demanded a rigorous theoretical exposition. Thus, we specified the dispersion of income as the unique source of asymmetric information since this approach directly provides an opportunity to deduce a relationship between income distribution and market operations. Among a diverse set of alternatives, the notions of expected volume (amount) of trade and flux of agents (entry and exit of agents) were chosen to represent the system in a parsimonious manner. Our results are primarily based on comparative statics with respect to parameters of uniformly distributed incomes of agents. The results reveal that the effects of an increase in total income, leading to a change in inter-class income distribution on the expected trade volume, depends on how it is shared among agents. The expected volume of trade increases if the increase in income is sufficiently high on the behalf of buyers. This factor also determines the direction of the buyers' flux. An increase in income that is sufficiently high on the behalf of buyers will lead more buyers to integrate into the market. However, determining the direction of sellers' flux requires the knowledge of several factors. First, we must know the degree of buyers' response to an increase in critical prices as a consequence of increased sellers' reluctance as a result of increased seller income. Secondly, we must know how increases in income are shared. Although the change in the total volume of traders is ambiguous due to the ambiguity of the change in the volume of sellers, we showed that a higher increase in the average income of buyers with respect to that of sellers results in more trade. Hence, gains from trade for both groups of traders increase. The policy-maker can produce such a result by an appropriate tax alignment on buyers. Inter-class income distribution does not deal with dispersion of income in each class separately. Intra-class income distribution is also of interest. We found that – as dispersion of sellers' income expands while keeping total income fixed – expected trade volume increases. This result arises from the fact that sellers whose incomes are reduced tend to trade more, thus lowering their offer prices. The willingness of active sellers to transact increases. Consider, for example, small-scale shops whose owners are asymmetrically affected by a shock, which results in them selling their goods more enthusiastically. On the other hand, the relation between the dispersion of buyers' income and expected volume of trade is ambiguous and depends on the relative strengths of income, price and uncertainty effects. It is also possible to incorporate above inter-class and intra-class income distribution concepts. Accordingly, we showed that if the dispersion among buyers is greater than that among sellers, increasing the income of buyers at the bottom of the income distribution and decreasing the income of sellers at the top of the income distribution yields an increase in the expected amount of trade. If it is possible, therefore, to transfer income from idle sellers to idle buyers through an appropriate welfare tax, this could lead to greater trading volumes. Further, from the perspective of the policy-maker, the greater is trade the greater is the size of the tax base, resulting therefore in higher tax revenues. We also find that the cross effects of a change in income dispersion on the flux of agents depends on the degree of the response of buyers' raising critical prices to the increased reluctance of sellers, which is a consequence of their increased income. Finally, we stress that our results are confined to the context in which buyers constitute the short side of the market. This assumption is crucial to many of the results in the model. We believe that our results would be more general if they were derived for a production economy instead of the simple exchange economy we described.