طراحی موسسات داخلی برای همکاری سیاست های پولی بین المللی: یک شهر آرمانی ؟
|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|27183||2011||17 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||محاسبه نشده|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Journal of International Money and Finance, Volume 30, Issue 3, April 2011, Pages 393–409
In a wide variety of international macroeconomic models monetary policy cooperation is optimal, non-cooperative policies are inefficient, but optimal policies can be attained non-cooperatively by optimal design of domestic institutions/contracts. We show that given endogenous institutional design, inefficiencies of non-cooperation cannot and will not be eliminated. We model the delegation stage explicitly and show that subgame perfect, credible contracts (chosen by governments based on individual rationality) are non-zero, but are different from optimal contracts and hence lead to inefficient equilibria. Optimal contracts require cooperation at the delegation stage, which is inconsistent with the advocated non-cooperative nature of the solution. A general solution method for credible contracts and an example from international monetary policy cooperation are considered. Our results feature delegation as an equilibrium phenomenon, explain inefficiencies of existing delegation schemes and hint to a potentially stronger role for supranational authorities in international policy coordination.
A large body of literature deals with optimal delegation of macroeconomic policy in an international context (see Persson and Tabellini, 2000 for a comprehensive review). In this framework, optimal contracts or targeting regimes over some macroeconomic variable are viewed as panacea for solving inherent inefficiencies of non-cooperative (and discretionary) policymaking. Notably, much of the work concerning monetary policy institutions adopts this line of reasoning. The inefficiencies that optimal delegation is supposed to ‘fix’ in this case are problems due to non-cooperative policymaking in the presence of policy spillovers in a multi-country world (and/or ‘credibility’ problems like the inflation bias). A recurrent result is that the cooperative optimum can be achieved in a decentralized, non-cooperative manner by delegating through optimal inflation contracts (i.a. Persson and Tabellini, 1995 and Persson and Tabellini, 1996). This is done by assuming that before the actual policy game takes place, there is an ‘institutional design stage’, where governments choose the appropriate delegation scheme for their central banks that implements the optimum. This paper starts from the observation that these delegation schemes are not subgame perfect, i.e. not credible: indeed, they implicitly assume cooperation (or some form of coordination) at the delegation stage, which is hard to reconcile with the alleged ‘purely non-cooperative implementation of the cooperative optimum’. We develop this argument analytically by explicitly modeling the institutional design stage and studying the (credible, subgame perfect) contracts that are consistent with governments’ incentives and hence occur in equilibrium. Specifically, at the delegation stage governments choose the delegation parameters in a non-cooperative manner by backward induction, taking into account the reaction functions of the central banks at the policy stage. These credible, subgame perfect contracts turn out to be non-zero (hence delegation is always an equilibrium) whenever there is strategic complementarity or substitutability. However, they are always different from the optimal contracts, which would instead require cooperation of governments (or some form or coordination) at the delegation stage. But then, if binding agreements were possible, one wonders why would delegation be needed in the first place. In the international policy context, it has been long recognized that cooperative policymaking1 is Pareto optimal when sovereign policymaking has externalities on the other countries (see e.g. Hamada, 1976). Typically, externalities take the form of conflicts over shock stabilization or over preferred levels of macroeconomic outcomes. The Pareto optimum is not enforceable for various reasons (individual incentives to deviate, suboptimality of cooperation when commitment with respect to the domestic private sector is impossible, uncertainty regarding models, loss functions, etc.) - all these issues are extensively reviewed in Canzoneri and Henderson (1991) or Ghosh and Masson (1994). Given individual incentives to deviate from the optimal cooperative policies, the literature has moved towards identifying mechanisms that sustain the collusive outcome. We focus on the ‘institutional design’ approach pioneered by Persson and Tabellini (1995) and extended by Jensen (2000) and Persson and Tabellini, 1996 and Persson and Tabellini, 2000. This focus is reinforced in the international context by an observation of Rogoff (1985): in the presence of domestic credibility problems as the ones reviewed above cooperation itself might even be welfare-reducing.2 But institutional design, or delegation to an independent monetary authority, could in principle act as a solution to correct inefficiencies coming from both discretion and non-cooperative policymaking. The state of the art in the literature on optimal monetary policy delegation in an international context can be summarized as follows. Persson and Tabellini, 1995 and Persson and Tabellini, 1996 analyze performance contracts written by the governments before the game is played, at an ‘institutional design’ stage and show how these contracts can be designed such that the inefficiencies related to both discretionary and non-cooperative policymaking are eliminated.3 The optimal linear contracts hence found are state-contingent, which is a non-desirable feature as it makes them difficult to implement (for example because they imply that the institution changes each time a shock occurs). However, Jensen (2000) addresses this issue by finding state-independent transfer functions that implement the cooperative outcome. These functions penalize quadratically inflation deviations from a certain level (chosen by the government) as well as inflation differentials between the two countries. He also provides interpretations of these contracts in terms of real-life institutions. A general criticism of this line of research is that welfare conclusions and prescriptions cannot be properly addressed in a model that lacks microfoundations (Obstfeld and Rogoff, 1996). However, recent research shows that the insights of optimal design of institutions carries over to more realistic setups in the new open-economy macroeconomics tradition. In a recent insightful contribution, Benigno and Benigno (2005) use a micro-founded, general equilibrium two-country model and show that targeting rules can be designed that implement optimal cooperative policies, and that optimal contracts exist that could make these targeting rules occur in a non-cooperative equilibrium.4 The remainder of the paper proceeds as follows. Section 2 sets the stage and develops a general version of our argument in a simple linear-quadratic two-country model with spillovers/externalities. We derive the optimal contracts that implement the cooperative optimum under non-cooperative (Nash) policymaking, and introduce the notion of ‘credible’ (subgame perfect) contracts; Section 2.2 extends this framework to a setup where there is a domestic credibility (commitment) problem. Section 3 applies the general results of Section 2 to a simple model of international monetary policy cooperation due to Persson and Tabellini, 1996 and Persson and Tabellini, 2000; it shows that, and explains why, credible subgame perfect contracts are different from optimal contracts. Section 4 concludes and points out some implications for the design of supranational institutions.
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
Various inefficiencies associated with policymaking, whether at a domestic or international level, can allegedly be solved by delegation of policy to independent monetary authorities. In a prominent example, monetary policy, delegation schemes have been viewed as panacea for both domestic credibility problems and inefficiencies coming from cross-country spillovers. Given policy externalities, a policy regime where governments cooperate (and commit with respect to the private sectors) is unequivocally Pareto optimal, but there are strong incentives to deviate from it. Some simple and intuitive delegation schemes easily mappable into real-life institutions have been found to ‘fix’ both these incentives: i.a. the linear inflation contracts proposed by Persson and Tabellini, 1995, Persson and Tabellini, 1996 and Persson and Tabellini, 2000, quadratic contracts with targets of Jensen (2000), or targeting rules in a new open-economy model as in Benigno and Benigno (2005). In these cases, each government delegates to an independent policy authority by imposing to the latter a certain transfer function. The governments can then in theory design the contract to ensure that the delegated authorities choose the policy instruments that implement the desired equilibrium. The argument of this paper is that this implementation mechanism hides an implicit assumption about governments being actually able to sign binding agreements in order to coordinate on exactly those delegation parameters that ‘do the job’. But if this were the case, it is hard to see why governments need to delegate instead of committing themselves to the optimal policy rules. The way out from this dilemma is, in our view, an explicit modeling of the delegation decision of the governments. We do this by supposing that each government chooses the (subgame perfect, credible) contracts based on its individual rationality, taking into account the agents’ choices at a future stage.21 First, we provide a general solution method and define the new equilibrium concept in a non-parametric model of policymaking with spillovers. We first show that delegation always occurs in equilibrium when there is strategic complementarity or substitutability. However, we then show that optimal contracts occur in equilibrium only under cooperation at the delegation stage (the same sort of cooperation needed to implement optimal policies): optimal contracts are equivalent to ‘cooperative contracts’ found by minimizing the global loss function. We then arrive at our main point: subgame perfect, credible contracts are always different from cooperative contracts, and hence also from the optimal ones.22 We extend the analysis to a model featuring a domestic credibility problem and present an example from international monetary policy cooperation, where it turns out that the contracts governments would actually choose are different in an intuitive way from the optimal ones for any correlation of shocks.23 Our analysis raises a normative question: what could then insure implementation of the ‘right’ institutions, preserving the non-cooperative assumption about policymaking? One possible solution consists of creating of a supranational institution that is able to ‘coordinate’ governments on the optimal contracts at the delegation stage. An alternative would be strengthening the role of some existing supranational institutions (such as the International Monetary Fund), which reinforces arguments made by Canzoneri and Henderson (1991) in a different setup. There, such an institution helped governments choose, i.e. coordinate on, a best equilibrium among a multiplicity of feasible equilibria. The equilibrium (and hence coordination by the international principal), however, is in terms of policies directly, which seems hard to map into real-life practice. In our context, the supranational institution would help design the appropriate incentive schemes of countries’ policy authorities and monitor their implementation over time. While this might seem akin to centralization or cooperation on policies directly (which would be a solution by assumption), we think it is indeed more realistic to assume that national governments agree to coordinate on some institutional features than to systematically pursue cooperative policies that are not consistent with their incentives. By the presence of such an international institution, sovereignty of policymaking is preserved. However, further institutional challenges would be raised by this setup, for such a supranational institution would simultaneously be a common principal to and a common agency of the sovereign states; this raises again the issue of optimal design of the delegation scheme of the supranational organization itself, when viewed in its role of common agency. Further research, perhaps along the lines of the ‘common agency’ problem analyzed in Dixit and Jensen (2003), is needed in order to analyze the incentives of such supranational institutions, their design and the mechanisms by which they could implement and monitor globally optimal policy regimes.