تجزیه و تحلیل حساسیت در مدل های کاربردی تعادل عمومی: یک ارزیابی تجربی برای موافقت نامه های MERCOSUR مناطق تجارت آزاد
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Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : The Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, Volume 48, Issue 2, May 2008, Pages 287–306
In this paper, an applied general equilibrium (AGE) model is used to assess the welfare results of alternative free trade areas (FTA) for three MERCOSUR countries, Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. The results of the sensitivity to shocks and parameters are evaluated. In such a way, the robustness of the results to different degrees of intra-blocs trade liberalization and trade elasticities will be assessed. It is shown that welfare gains for Brazil are very robust to different degrees of trade liberalization, and allocation effects drive these gains. For Argentina and Uruguay, welfare gains depend heavily on a higher degree of liberalization, as they are connected to terms of trade effects. This paper shows that trade elasticities are important parameters driving the model's results, as welfare gains for Argentina and Uruguay in both scenarios are very sensitive to these parameters. Therefore, AGE model's results of alternative FTA for MERCOSUR countries need to consider the uncertainty about parameters and shocks.
While applied general equilibrium models have been used to assess the overall effects of the Uruguay Round reform (Francois, 2000), ex-ante impacts due to NAFTA (Francois & Shiells, 1994), and other trade policy issues, they have been frequently criticized for resting on weak empirical foundations. While Hansen and Heckman (1996) argue that the flexibility of the general equilibrium paradigm is a virtue hard to reject and provides a rich apparatus for interpreting and processing data, it can be considered as being empirically irrelevant because it imposes no testable restrictions on market data. McKitrick (1998) has also criticized the parameter selection criteria used in most AGE models, arguing that the calibration approach leads to an over-reliance on non-flexible functional forms. Although most of AGE modelers recognize that accurate parameters values are very important, it is not easy to find empirical estimates of key parameters, like substitution elasticities, in the literature. Most of the models take up estimates “found in the literature” or even “best guesstimates” (Deardorff & Stern, 1986). Thus, if there is a considerable uncertainty surrounding the ‘right’ parameters, and these are key elements in the AGE results, a consistent procedure in their evaluation is imperative. Applied general equilibrium models at regional level are tools for impact analysis, comparable to input–output and input–output econometric models, with important similarities and differences (West, 1995). Concerns about sensitivity analysis have also garnered significant attention in the application of these models. In input–output (IO) analysis, multipliers are estimated by taking the Leontief inverse of the estimated IO coefficients. Ten Raa and Jansen (1998) argue that this procedure is biased because Leontief inverses are non-linear functions, and the function mean values differ from the value of means. They have also proposed a methodology to deal with bias and sensitivity of multipliers in IO models. More generally, the issue of uncertainty and error analysis in input–output models has occupied the attention of many analysts; Jackson (1986) has explored the role of different density functions associated with the point estimates of input coefficients while Sonis and Hewings (1992) have explored the ramifications of errors in estimates through the identification of a field of influence approach. The problem in AGE models is further compounded by the presence of a variety of parameters, some estimated with known probability distributions, others with no known distributions combined with input–output data that are provided as point estimates. If a consistent econometric estimation for key parameters in a AGE model study is not possible, the effort should be directed to test the uncertainty surrounding these parameters in terms of their impact on the model. Robustness tests are an important step to obtain the acceptance of the model results in applied economics. The assumptions embodied in AGE models come from general equilibrium theory. However, one set of assumptions, the values of model parameters, such as elasticities, are natural candidate for sensitivity analysis. Wigle (1991) has discussed alternative approaches to evaluate model sensitivity to parameter values, while DeVuyst and Preckel (1997) have proposed a quadrature-based approach to evaluate robustness of AGE models results, and demonstrated how it could be used for an applied policy model. The Gaussian Quadrature (GQ) approach (Arndt, 1996; DeVuyst & Preckel, 1997) was proposed to evaluate AGE model results’ sensitivity to parameters and exogenous shocks. This approach views key exogenous variables (shocks or parameters) as random variables with associated distributions. Due to the randomness in the exogenous variables, the endogenous results are also random; the GQ approach produces estimates of the mean and standard deviations of the endogenous model results, thus providing an approximation of the true distribution associated with the results. The accuracy of the procedure depends on the model, the aggregation and the simulations employed. Simulations and tests with the Global Trade Analysis Project (GTAP) model have shown that the estimates of mean and standard deviations are quite accurate (Arndt & Hertel, 1997). In the present paper, this approach will be used to assess the sensitivity of welfare results in the GTAP model, in a set of proposed free trade area agreements involving MERCOSUR countries. Domingues and Haddad (2005) have implomented a sensitivity analysis to a inter-regional CGE model for Brazil. This paper is organized as follows. In Section 2, a brief discussion of the new regional trading agreements involving MERCOSUR is presented. The database and modeling framework is shown in Section 3, and the proposed experiments are explained. Section 4 presents the results, and Section 6 analyses their sensitivity to parameters and shocks. Section 6 provides some concluding comments.
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
Some general policy conclusions can be taken from the present paper. From the MERCOSUR perspective, a free trade area with the European Union seems to be preferable, in terms of welfare gains, to further hemispheric integration through FTAA. However, these results revealed themselves to be very sensitive to the shocks and some of the parameters in the GTAP model. The GTAP model has been widely used for policy makers and researchers in Brazil to analyze trade policy issues (e.g. Figueiredo, Ferreira, & Teixeira, 2001; Gurgel, Bitencourt, & Teixeira, 2002; Pereira, 2001) but the sensitivity of the results to parameter specification has not been extensively considered. Sensitivity tests in the model showed strong evidence of welfare gains for Brazil, in the case of free trade areas such as FTAA or with the European Union. Allocation effects were the key aspect driving Brazilian welfare gains; therefore, the model revealed itself to be robust to different degrees of trade liberalization or trade elasticities. However, for Argentina and Uruguay, welfare gains are due to terms of trade impacts, therefore they depend heavily on the magnitude of the shocks (degree of trade liberalization) and the trade elasticities. More general and methodological considerations can also be taken from the present paper. Given the intrinsic uncertainty in the shock magnitudes and parameter values, sensitivity tests, such as those carried out in this paper, are an important next step in the more formal evaluation of the robustness of AGE analysis. However, some important points should be addressed in the future in order to have a better understand of the models results sensitivity. Similar to the fields of influence approach for input–output models developed by Sonis and Hewings (1992), attention needs to be directed to the most important synergetic interactions in a CGE model. It is important to try to assemble information on the parameters, shocks and database flows, for example, that are the analytically most important in generating the model outcomes, in order to direct our efforts to a more detailed investigation. Some implications for policy makers in MERCOSUR can be highlighted from the analysis in this paper. CGE models are often used to make projections about different trade policy strategies; very detailed models are often required in order to obtain results that can be useful for those countries. While the availability of models has been grown substantially, the quality of data and analysis needs to be improved. For example, relevant parameters in those models are usually taken from the literature, or are based on typical values. Sensitivity analysis is a necessary tool to make CGE models predictions more valuable for policy makers. Systematic sensitivity analysis, as shown in this paper, represents a powerful tool to be applied to large models, when the uncertainty about parameters and shocks are the usual circumstances. As MERCOSUR countries are meeting together to discuss different trade agreements, a common framework about models, parameters and analysis would be very important to improve their negotiation capacity. Put together, FTAA and EU-MERCOSUR negotiations can have a synergetic relation for MERCOSUR countries, especially to enhance the strategic position for the bloc and the potential gains for all countries.