عدم قطعیت قیمت نفت، سیاست های پولی و اقتصاد کلان: چشم انداز کانادا
|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|27921||2013||11 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||7960 کلمه|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Economic Modelling, Volume 35, September 2013, Pages 249–259
This paper revisits the link between oil price uncertainty and macroeconomy in the context of a net oil exporting country, Canada. Results obtained from alternative Structural VAR models suggest that while shocks to oil price level do not affect the aggregate level of output, the oil price uncertainty exerts considerable impacts on the Canadian economy. It is found that oil price uncertainty makes a major contribution to overall variations in the output level. Results also show that higher oil price uncertainty significantly decreases both output and price levels, resembling an adverse demand shock. Oil price uncertainty causes output to decline in most of the sub-sectors including durable and non-durable manufacturing. It is found that the Central Bank of Canada reacts with an expansionary monetary policy to oil price uncertainty shocks.
The nature of the link between oil price and macroeconomic activity is probably one of the most important, controversial and inconclusive issues in the area of energy economics. In the standard textbook analysis, a positive oil price shock is often considered as an adverse supply shock and is believed to cause a reduced level of output and a high rate of inflation, a situation which is termed ‘stagflation’. The simple model of AD-AS appeared to fit well with the oil price shocks and stagflation observed in the US economy in the 1970s. However, several other relevant studies find that the evidence of a negative relationship between oil price shock and aggregate output level became relatively weak for the periods after 1986 (see Hooker, 1996 and Mork, 1989). One explanation for the weakening inverse relationship between oil price and output in recent times is that changes in the oil price often affect the economy in an asymmetric way.1 An increase in oil price may adversely affect economic activity, but a fall in oil price may not necessarily increase the output level. In particular, if a fall in oil price increases uncertainty about changes in the oil price, then a part of the increased output will be offset by lowering of the output level due to increased uncertainty.2Mork (1994) showed that prior to 1986, oil price shocks were predominantly positive and it was in 1986 when we first observed large declines in the world oil price. Therefore, it might be the volatility3 (or uncertainty) in the oil price rather than the level of the oil price that was linked to the aggregate level of output in recent years. As a matter of fact, since the mid-1980s, the world oil price has been volatile and one should ideally include volatility and uncertain oil price behavior in any econometric model that attempts to explain the role of oil price changes in the macroeconomy. The adverse effects of oil price uncertainty on aggregate economic activity can be explained by the theory of irreversible investment under uncertainty premiered by Bernanke (1983) and Henry (1974). According to this theory, irreversible investments are postponed during the periods of uncertainty which, in turn, causes temporary declines in aggregate output level. In a recent paper, Yoon and Ratti (2011) show that increased energy price uncertainty makes US manufacturing firms cautious by reducing the responsiveness of investment spending to sales growth. It is thus apparent that an increase in oil price uncertainty may have an adverse effect on the economy through the demand channel. Hamilton (2003, p. 366) documented some interesting examples of how a consumer's decision is affected by oil price uncertainty: “If you are very unsure about where gas prices are headed, you might be inclined to postpone a new purchase [of a car] until you have a better idea of where the market stands. Energy prices and availability may be quite relevant for a host of other durable goods purchases, including housing. How long a commute to work are you willing to put up with? How energy-efficient should your appliances, windows, and insulation be? …When energy prices and availability are as uncertain as they were in early 1974, it is rational to postpone such commitments until better information is available”. From the policymakers' point of view, oil price shocks pose the difficult challenge of balancing the trade-off between high inflation and high unemployment. Previous relevant literature suggests that the central banks' policies have mostly been restrictive in response to a positive oil price shock. However, if oil price uncertainty affects an economy through the aggregate demand channel (an adverse demand shock), a restrictive policy would worsen the situation and the monetary authority should instead choose an expansionary policy. In the current paper we attempt to have a fresh look at the relationship between oil price uncertainty and macroeconomic activity in the Canadian context. Canada's crude oil production has risen steadily over the past two decades and, today, Canada is one of the leading oil producing industrialized economies of the world. Canada has a unique oil market feature, with crude oil exported from the west and Atlantic offshore and imported into the eastern and central regions. Canada is the largest exporter of crude oil to the United States, with almost 100% of its crude oil being exported to the United States. Most importantly, today Canada is indeed the only country in the G-7 which is a net exporter of crude oil. These distinct characteristics of Canada make the analysis of the relationship between oil price and the Canadian economy an interesting area for research. In particular, as a net oil exporting country, the Canadian economy may experience a positive rather than a negative impact from an oil price (level) shock.4 However, as in any other economy and regardless of the pattern of changes in oil price levels, we can expect declining economic activity in Canada if oil price uncertainty increases. Although there are numerous empirical papers studying the relationship between oil prices and an economy (especially the US economy), surprisingly, very few studies focused on analyzing the direct effect of oil price uncertainty on an economy. Recently, Elder and Serletis, 2009, Elder and Serletis, 2010 and Elder and Serletis, 2011, Bredin et al. (2011), and Rahman and Serletis (2012) have used some variants of GARCH-in-Mean model to show that increased uncertainty about changes in the price of oil is associated with a lower average growth rate of real economic activity in Canada and/or other G-7 countries. Rahman and Serletis (2010) have used the Smooth Transition VAR Model to show that an oil price shock reduces the output growth in the US more in a high oil price volatility regime than a low volatility regime. While these studies make important contributions to the literature of oil price uncertainty, their approach is restricted to the indirect effects of oil price uncertainty as they primarily focus on the response of output level (or growth) to oil price changes in the presence of oil price uncertainty. In the current paper we attempt to identify shocks to oil price uncertainty and examine the direct impacts of oil price uncertainty shocks on the output level. Our approach differs from previous relevant studies in Canada. We use a multivariate SVAR model (as opposed to a bivariate GARCH-in-Mean model) to examine the dynamic impacts of the shocks to oil price and oil price volatility on output and other macroeconomic variables in Canada. This approach is similar to that of Ferderer (1996), which attempts to show the relationship between oil price volatility and output growth in the US economy in a VAR framework. However, Ferderer (1996) uses recursive VAR where monetary policy is assumed to be exogenous in the contemporaneous period. We believe that a central bank can react fairly quickly to a disturbance, including an oil price shock, and one needs to incorporate such reactions into the VAR system in order to analyze the monetary policy response. Unlike Ferderer (1996), we thus use a structural VAR model and take into account the Central Bank's reactions to the oil price shock in order to explicitly examine how Canadian monetary authority responds to a shock to oil price uncertainty. Using a number of structural VAR models, we have shown that oil price uncertainty acts like an adverse demand shock and causes significant negative impacts on the output level. We have also found that the Central Bank's policy is largely expansionary when there is a shock to oil price uncertainty in Canada. The rest of the paper is structured as follows. In Section 2 we introduce some stylized facts on the relationship between oil price uncertainty and macroeconomic activity in Canada. The SVAR framework for our empirical analysis is presented in Section 3. Section 4 discusses the results, and Section 5 concludes the paper.
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
In this paper we examine the impacts of oil price uncertainty on output levels, and monetary policy responses in the Canadian context. The Canadian economy has seen a major transition in its oil production and trade over the last few decades, with its oil exports surpassing imports by the early 1980s. Given the growth in its oil sector, and as one of the few net oil exporting countries in the industrialized world, the response of the Candian economy to changes in oil price levels is expected to be different from many other net oil importing industrial economies. We use monthly data spanning from July 1986 to April 2011 and incorporate oil price levels and oil price volatility in alternative SVAR models. We find that oil price level shocks do not play a major role in shaping output variations in Canada, as most of the variations in the output level are explained by its own shock. We argue that the insignificant effect on output of a positive oil price shock may partially portray the net effect of increased output due to higher net export demand, and output losses due to the adverse supply shock. We further argue that asymmetric responses of oil price shocks are expected to be barely captured by our SVAR model that assumes the symmetric responses of a shock; and suggest that output responses be examined against oil price uncertainty. Incorporating oil price uncertainty in our model, we find that output variations are mainly explained by output's own shock and oil price volatility shock. We also find that higher oil price uncertainty significantly dampens the output level, which is expected because of firms postponing irreversible investments. Price levels and interest rates fall significantly in response to a shock in oil price volatility. The exchange rate is also found to depreciate in response to a rise in oil price uncertainty. We maintain that the economic consequences of a shock in oil price volatility much resemble those of an adverse demand shock, with both declining price and output. The Canadian Central Bank appears to adopt expansionary monetary policy to counter this demand shock originating from oil price uncertainty. Delving into the sector-specific responses, we find that output falls significantly in most of the sectors, including durable and non-durable manufacturing, in response to higher oil price uncertainty. This indicates that the impacts of oil price uncertainty span a wide range of sectors in the Canadian economy. A key implication of our results is that for the Canadian economy, while oil price level changes are likely to have negligible effects, oil price uncertainties are expected to exert significant and lasting effects on the economy. From a policy perspective, therefore, addressing the issues attached to oil price volatility should be prioritized in order to generate the expected outcomes for the Canadian economy. In view of the exogenous nature of the uncertainties, firms in various sectors could adopt a more cautious and vigilant approach to minimize output and investment losses.