شوک ها و نوسانات قیمت دارایی در تعادل عمومی
|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|28897||2011||18 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||13185 کلمه|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Volume 35, Issue 12, December 2011, Pages 2132–2149
We study equity price volatility in general equilibrium with news shocks about future productivity and monetary policy. As West (1988) shows, in a partial equilibrium present discounted value model, news about the future cash flow reduces asset price volatility. We show that introducing news shocks in a canonical dynamic stochastic general equilibrium model may not reduce asset price volatility under plausible parameter assumptions. This is because, in general equilibrium, the asset cash flow itself may be affected by the introduction of news shocks. In addition, we show that neglecting to account for policy news shocks (e.g., policy announcements) can potentially bias empirical estimates of the impact of monetary policy shocks on asset prices.
Cochrane (1994) and more recently Beaudry and Portier (2004) revived the idea that “news shocks” may be important sources of aggregate business cycle fluctuations. Cochrane (1994), in particular, noted that one reason why traditional demand and supply sources of business cycle fluctuations fared badly against the data was that economic agents may be subject to (and hence observe) shocks that are not observable to the macroeconomists or the econometricians. He then went on to conjecture that one such set of shocks may be represented by changes in expectations about the future realization of economic fundamentals (the so-called “news shocks”). While news shocks are attractive in principle, because they provide a clear and plausible example of disturbances unobservable to the econometricians but observable to the economic agents, in practice it has proven difficult to build models in which they fit the business cycles well. More recently, however, Beaudry and Portier, 2004 and Beaudry and Portier, 2007, Jaimovich and Rebelo (2009), and Schmitt-Grohé and Uribe (2008) set up dynamic stochastic general equilibrium (DSGE) models in which news shocks contribute significantly to explain aggregate fluctuations in the data.1 If news shocks can drive the business cycle, they should also be important for asset prices that are inherently forward looking variables. For instance, Beaudry and Portier (2006) and Gilchrist and Leahy (2002) study the interaction between asset prices and news shocks. Engel et al. (2008) also show that the main reason why fundamentals do not predict exchange rates is that currencies indeed depend heavily on expectations about the future value of the fundamentals as opposed to their current values as standard models suggest. But it is difficult to measure expectations about the future value of the fundamentals as they are not only a function of the present and the past, as it is often assumed in canonical models, but also of the future. Thus, it is useful to model the role of information about future fundamentals separately from information about current fundamentals. Nonetheless, important theoretical results by West (1988) imply that conditioning on information sets that include also information about the future value of the fundamental should reduce the conditional variance of asset prices in present discounted value models (hereafter PVM) relative to an environment in which agents form expectations about the future conditioning only on current and past value of fundamentals.2 Thus, one might conjecture that providing more information about future fundamentals in DSGE models (i.e., more information about the exogenous stochastic processes) would reduce asset price volatility. Since DSGE models typically generate less asset price volatility than in the data, incorporating news shocks should make their empirical performance even worse with respect to this dimension of the data. This paper incorporates news shocks about technology and monetary policy in a canonical, closed-economy DSGE model and shows that the model's ability to generate asset price volatility is not necessarily undermined. More specifically, the paper's contribution is twofold. First, the paper studies the role of news shocks for asset price volatility in a PVM. After providing a general definition of “news”, we show that the introduction of news shocks in such a partial equilibrium environment always induces a fall in asset price volatility relative to the same model without news shocks.3 However, this does not necessarily imply that, with news shocks, asset price volatility has to be low relative to that of the fundamental. In particular, we show that if news shocks are positively correlated with current shocks (which we call correlated news shocks for brevity), then the data generating process for the fundamental is serially correlated.4 As a result, asset price volatility can increase in a PVM relative to that of fundamentals with the magnitude of this correlation, holding the unconditional variance of the fundamental constant. The fact that a persistent fundamental leads to a volatile asset price is well known in the literature.5 The difference between a persistent fundamental process and a process with positively correlated news shocks is that, in the latter case, the asset price depends both on future and current as well as past values of fundamentals, whereas in the former it depends only on current and past values of fundamentals. This distinction is important because correlated news shocks may help to explain why standard asset price models tend to fare badly against the data, consistent with the insight of Cochrane (1994) and Engel et al. (2008). Second and more importantly, we show that, in general equilibrium, introducing news about future productivity need not decrease asset price volatility relative to an environment without news shocks (in which agents can observe only current and past values of fundamentals).6 That is, providing more information about the future value of the exogenous process may increase the conditional variance of asset prices significantly. The reason is that, in general equilibrium, the stochastic process for the endogenous fundamental (e.g., the cash flow of the asset) is no longer invariant to the information set. In contrast, a crucial assumption of West (1988) is that the stochastic process for the cash flow of the asset is invariant to the information set. For example, in a PVM, the dividend process would be the same regardless of whether agents receive news about future dividends or not. However, in general equilibrium, this may not be the case as alternative information assumptions can change the behavior of economic agents. For example, news shocks about future technology can change consumption and pricing behavior even though the exogenous stochastic process for technology is invariant to the introduction of news shocks. As a result, the profit of the firm and the dividend process can depend on whether agents receive the news about future productivity or not. The DSGE model we set up is a simple production economy model with sticky prices. The model is simple enough to yield closed-form solutions for key variables and their conditional variances. The only model novelty is the introduction of both monetary and technology news shocks. While allowing for news shocks to aggregate technology in DGSE models is not controversial, considering monetary policy news shocks is more novel. We think about monetary policy news as the by-product of an active communication strategy aimed at guiding expectations about the future course of monetary policy, as we observe it in practice.7 In this paper, we do not provide the rationale for an active monetary policy communication strategy, but we study its effect on asset price volatility. While the DSGE model we set up is too simple to attempt matching asset price volatility in the data, a parameterized version of the model shows that the introduction of news shocks can indeed increase asset price volatility dramatically, measured as the conditional variance of the asset price. The model also illustrates clearly the transmission mechanism of news shocks. By doing so, we can illustrate the pitfalls of empirical analyses of the impact of monetary policy shocks on asset prices that do not take the possible presence of news shocks into account. In practice, monetary policy news shocks ought to be important for asset prices as evidenced by the price of future contracts on monetary policy rates moving after monetary policy meetings and the release of communications without actual changes in policy rates. Indeed, it is often assumed (based on event studies) that new information about monetary policy plays an important role for both asset prices and macroeconomic dynamics, but there is a limited understanding of the precise transmission mechanisms at work. And a good understanding of such mechanisms should precede any quantitative assessment of the importance of news shock for macroeconomic and asset price dynamics. In particular, as we shall see, our analysis suggests that event studies of the effect of monetary policy shocks on equity prices may be biased if they focus only on actual unanticipated policy changes.8 Based on our analysis, which shows that it is impossible to identify news shocks by just observing data on fundamentals, we conjecture that including asset prices in a model that allows for news shocks may help econometricians to achieve their identification. The rest of the paper is organized as follows. Section 2 provides a general definition of news shocks and a partial equilibrium example that illustrates both the result of West (1988) as well as the working of correlated news shocks. Section 3 sets up the general equilibrium model we use and discusses its solution. Section 4 reports and discusses the main result of the paper on the impact of news shocks on equity price volatility in general equilibrium. Section 5 develops implications of the analysis for the empirical study of the impact of monetary policy shocks on asset prices. Section 6 concludes. The full solution of the model, as well as other technical details are reported in Appendices.
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
In this paper, we study the role of news shocks for equity price volatility in general equilibrium. Specifically, we investigate how news about future money supply and productivity affect equity price volatility in a standard DSGE model with complete asset markets and nominal rigidity. To relate our contribution to the previous literature, and also to highlight the fundamental difference between introducing news shocks in partial and general equilibrium, we also analyze in detail a PVM example. First and most importantly we show that, in general equilibrium, news shocks about future productivity can significantly increase the volatility of equity prices relative to a set up in which agents do not observe news under plausible assumptions on parameter values. This is in stark contrast to the volatility reducing effect of introducing news shocks in a PVM, as the seminal analysis of West (1988) implies. This is because, in general equilibrium, agents can change their behavior if they observe news shocks compared to an environment in which they do not, thereby affecting the cash flow stream on which asset prices are defined. This mechanism is not present in the typical PVM because the asset cash flow is exogenous in that set up. Our result implies that, in general equilibrium, the volatility of endogenous variables does not necessarily fall when agents have more information about the underlying, exogenous stochastic processes. Second, in a simple PVM example, we also show that the conditional variance of asset prices can increase with the correlation between news shocks and current shocks, holding the variance of the underlying exogenous process constant, with effects similar to those induced by more persistent exogenous processes. However, unlike in this PVM example, in general equilibrium, correlated news shocks can either reduce or increase the variance of asset prices depending on the specific assumptions on parameter values. Third and finally, the theoretical analysis in the paper has important implications for the estimation of the impact of monetary policy shocks on asset prices. We show in a PVM example that correlated news shocks can be observationally equivalent to a serially correlated fundamental process from the econometrician's perspective. However, while correlated news shocks can explain why an asset price model cannot fit the data, a model with persistent fundamentals cannot do so—a point that is consistent with Cochrane's (1994) observation that news shocks may help to explain standard models' empirical inability to explain the business cycle. As a result, econometric specifications of the analysis of the impact of fundamental shocks on asset prices that omit explicit considerations of news shocks may be biased, as we show analytically in our DSGE model. This is notwithstanding the fact that the data generating process for the fundamentals is the same with and without news shocks. The analysis in the paper thus stresses the usefulness and the challenges of introducing news shocks when modelling asset prices. Our general equilibrium model is too simple for a full fledged quantitative evaluation exercise against the data. Nonetheless, we find that the general equilibrium effects uncovered can be numerically sizable. We therefore regard the quantitative analysis of asset price volatility in DSGE models with news shocks, as well as the development of the implications of such analyses for the empirical identification and measurement of the effects of news and current shocks on asset prices, as two interesting areas of future research.