دیدگاه قیمت گذاری دارایی از تعدیل خارجی
|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|11823||2010||13 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||10612 کلمه|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Journal of International Economics, Volume 80, Issue 1, January 2010, Pages 144–156
Recent literature has argued that conventional measures of external sustainability – the trade balance and current account – are misleading because they omit capital gains on net foreign asset positions. We adjust the definition of the current account to include the capital gains and discuss how this may affect our thinking about external adjustment and sustainability. We do so in the context of a two-country macro-finance model of Pavlova and Rigobon (2008a) that allows exploration of the interconnections between equilibrium portfolios and external accounts' dynamics. We calibrate the model and find that it generates several testable implications, some of which have already been validated empirically. First, we establish dynamic properties of the capital-gains adjusted current account and show that they are fundamentally different from those of the conventional current account. Second, we find that capital gains have a stabilizing effect on the trade balance and the current account. Finally, we demonstrate that in response to a shock, the conventional and the capital-gains adjusted current accounts may move in opposite directions.
An unprecedented rise in cross-border equity holdings over the past two decades2 has generated a source of income previously disregarded in the national accounts: capital gains on equity holdings. The current practice incorporates capital gains only after they are redeemed, and this lack of marking to market may result in a significant misrepresentation of the extent of external imbalances worldwide — especially in the US, most of Europe, and Japan. The importance of correctly accounting for capital gains has been at the heart of a recent debate on the sustainability of the US current account deficit. The (conventionally-measured) current account deficits in the US have been unparalleled, indicating the need for a significant correction. However, income from the capital gains could have been financing consumption in the US, and so the imbalances could have been sustainable.3 After the 2008 financial crisis some of the original arguments will require certain revision, but one central conclusion is undisputed: the growth of gross asset holdings during the last couple of decades must change significantly our understanding of how measures of sustainability have to be defined, and how the adjustment process needs to take place. In this paper we respond to the critique of the conventional definition of the current account and define a capital-gains adjusted current account — a measure that explicitly accounts for capital gains on net foreign asset positions of a country. We investigate the properties of this measure in the context of a two-country macro-finance model of Pavlova and Rigobon (2008a) and compare it to other measures of external accounts. The model is solved in closed-form, which allows us to examine several analytical properties that link the external accounts and financial asset holdings. Moreover, because asset prices and portfolio holdings are all endogenous, it is possible to study the interconnections between external sustainability and portfolio decisions. To evaluate the stochastic properties of the external measures of sustainability, we calibrate our model to reflect the current state of the US economy. In particular, through our parameter selection, we attempt to match the magnitudes of the trade balance and current account deficits in the US, home bias in asset holdings, net foreign debt of the US, and average cross-country correlations of consumption expenditures. We choose the parameters assuming that the current situation is one of equilibrium (as in our economy). In this environment, we first analyze separately the two elements that are missing from the conventional current account: the expected and the unexpected capital gains. We show that the former have a stabilizing property, offsetting the fluctuations in the trade balance and the traditional current account. Gourinchas and Rey (2007b) document a similar effect occurring in their dataset. It is the unexpected part of the capital gains, however, that is key to the dramatic differences in the dynamic properties of the traditional and the capital-gains adjusted current account in our model. The traditional current account follows a persistent process, while the capital-gains adjusted current account is highly volatile and serially uncorrelated. This is consistent with the evidence presented in Kollmann, 2006 and Lane and Shambaugh, 2007. In other words, the capital-gains adjusted current account behaves much like asset returns, whose short-term dynamics are also dominated by unexpected capital gains. In order to understand the role of capital gains (valuation effects) in the external adjustment mechanism, we study impulse responses of our economy. The standard model of external adjustment is the one based on the canonical intertemporal approach to the current account. In that model, when a shock occurs, we first study its implications for output and consumption, and given those implications, we can trace their impact on the trade balance, the current account, the savings decisions, and ultimately on international positions. Our view in this paper is different. It starts by recognizing that agents already have wealth invested internationally. Therefore, the starting point – even before the shock shows up – is to determine the distribution of wealth and how it is invested (i.e., the composition of international portfolios). When a shock takes place, the first step is to track its impact on production and asset prices. Once these impacts are understood, we can track how the net foreign asset positions are going to be affected by the shock. That in turn will allow us to compute a new wealth distribution in the world economy. Agents' wealth will determine their consumption patterns, and given output, we can track the implications for the external accounts. Guided by this view of external adjustment, we do not find it surprising that our impulse responses show that following a shock, the conventional current account and the capital-gains adjusted current account may move in opposite directions. Our work is related to the growing theoretical macro-finance literature that incorporates portfolio choice and asset pricing into models of open economy macroeconomics. Similarly to our approach here, Devereux and Sutherland, 2008, Evans and Hnatkovska, 2007, Ghironi et al., 2006, Kollmann, 2006 and Tille and van Wincoop, 2007 all base their analyses of external accounts on stochastic portfolio models with incomplete markets.4 These papers employ various approximation techniques to study the behavior of their models around their steady states. By contrast, we base our analysis on an exact closed-form characterization of our equilibrium. Moreover, the steady state in our economy is stochastic. The rest of the paper is organized as follows. Section 2 briefly describes the model. Section 3 defines the capital-gains adjusted current account and explores some links between external accounts and financial asset holdings. Section 4 studies dynamic properties of the capital-gains adjusted current account, contrasting them to those of the conventional current account. Section 5 discusses the external adjustment mechanism in our model. Section 6 offers some concluding remarks and directions for future research. The online appendix gives further theoretical background for our expressions.