قوانین نرخ بهره، چرخه های درون زا، و پویایی های پر هرج و مرج در اقتصادهای باز
|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|29470||2012||19 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||14518 کلمه|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Volume 36, Issue 10, October 2012, Pages 1566–1584
We present an extensive analysis of the consequences for global equilibrium determinacy in flexible-price open economies of implementing active interest rate rules, i.e., monetary rules where the nominal interest rate responds more than proportionally to inflation. We show that conditions under which these rules generate aggregate instability by inducing liquidity traps, endogenous cycles, and chaotic dynamics depend on specific characteristics of open economies. In particular, rules that respond to expected future inflation are more prone to induce endogenous cyclical and chaotic dynamics the more open the economy to trade.
In a recent paper, Bullard (2010) argues that the extremely low interest rates observed in the U.S. and in major developed economies after the financial crisis are consistent with the theoretical findings by Benhabib et al. (2001b). The latter shows how, because of the zero lower bound (ZLB) on the nominal interest rate, simple Taylor rules can induce a liquidity trap – a situation where the nominal interest rate drifts away from its target toward an unintended low steady state – even if the rule satisfies the celebrated Taylor principle by responding more than proportionally to inflation (an active rule). The liquidity trap in Benhabib et al. (2001b) is an equilibrium that is entirely driven by people's self-fulfilling expectations. It is in fact the natural outcome from a non-linear analysis of the prototype micro-founded dynamic model that has become the workhorse for macroeconomic policy discussions. However, as Bullard (2010) points out, this outcome has surprisingly received scarce attention in the policy debate. Central banks often organize their discussions by looking at the impulse responses of linearized versions of the truly non-linear models. By doing so, they tend to rule out a priori, as a viable equilibrium, all the non-linear trajectories that move away from their targets, including liquidity traps. Benhabib et al., 2001b and Benhabib et al., 2002a also show that a global rather than a local analysis unveils the existence of other Taylor-rule-induced rational expectations equilibria, such as endogenous limit cycles and chaotic dynamics.1 This questions policy recommendations based on linearized models, since Taylor rules that ensure a unique local equilibrium may actually generate aggregate instability by inducing global cyclical fluctuations. The works by Benhabib et al., however, are based on closed economy models raising the question of whether similar results hold in the context of open economies. To this date, this still remains a valid question since most of the studies in open economies have been restricted exclusively to local analyses. De Fiore and Liu (2005), Llosa and Tuesta (2008), and Zanna (2003), for instance, pursue local analysis of Taylor rules in the context of a small open economy setup; while Benigno and Benigno (2008), Bullard and Singh (2008) and Leith and Wren-Lewis (2009), among others, present similar analyses in open economy models with more than one country. The purpose of our paper is to assess how the existence of these self-fulfilling cyclical and chaotic fluctuations is affected by opening the economy to international trade in goods. We pursue a global non-linear equilibrium analysis of a traditional flexible-price small-open-economy model with traded and non-traded goods, where monetary policy takes the form of an active interest rate rule responding to expected future CPI inflation, i.e., forward-looking rules. By doing this, we bridge the gap between the closed economy literature on global analysis of Taylor rules and the open economy literature on local analysis of these rules. Our main result is that forward-looking Taylor rules are more prone to induce endogenous cycles and chaos the more open the economy to trade. In contrast to the money-in-the-production-function (MIPF) setup of Benhabib et al. (2002a), we use a money-in-the-utility-function (MIUF) setup, whereby consumption and real money balances are non-separable in utility. As a result, these self-fulfilling complex fluctuations, whose existence depends on openness, can occur around either the target interest rate or the unintended low steady state, depending on whether consumption and money are Edgeworth substitutes or complements, respectively. Interestingly, the complements case allows for liquidity traps that converge non-monotonically to a limit cycle around the unintended steady state. The global equilibrium dynamics in our model are driven by the interaction of an open-economy version of the Fisher equation and the non-linear Taylor rule. The modified Fisher equation is obtained from the combination of the uncovered interest parity condition and the definition of the consumer-price-index (CPI) inflation. In this modified equation, the dynamics of the ex ante real interest rate has to be consistent with future changes in the real exchange rate. Key to the existence of cycles and chaos is the elasticity of the real exchange rate to the policy interest rate. This elasticity is affected by the complementarity/substitutability between consumption and money and, more importantly for our purposes, by the degree of trade openness. Relative to the works on global analysis in closed economies, we find that trade openness significantly enlarges the risk aversion parameter range under which forward-looking rules induce cycles and chaos. As in Benhabib et al. (2002a), the presence of a ZLB on nominal interest rates is a necessary condition for the existence of cyclical fluctuations. However, while these complex dynamics coexist in a MIUF closed economy model for a very restricted range of values of the risk aversion parameter, the same dynamics may occur for a much wider range of this parameter, as long as the economy is sufficiently open. By enlarging this range, openness plays a key qualitative role in determining the global determinacy properties of Taylor rules. From a policy-making point of view, our results suggest that to avoid destabilizing endogenous cycles and chaos in open economies, the design of interest rate rules should take into account not only the interest response coefficient to inflation, but also specific structural characteristics, such as the degrees of openness. This complements the results of the aforementioned open economy literature on local analysis with one important caveat: as we show below, and in line with Benhabib et al., 2001b and Benhabib et al., 2002a, policy prescriptions that are derived from local analyses to ensure macroeconomic stability in an open economy can still lead to cycles and chaos (global indeterminacy), where the extent of disagreement between the local and global analyses depends on the degree of openness. The remainder of this paper is organized as follows. In Section 2, we present a flexible-price model with its main assumptions. We define the open economy equilibrium and derive some basic steady state results. In Section 3, we pursue local and global equilibrium analyses for an interest rate rule that responds to expected future CPI inflation, focusing on the role played by the degree of openness. Section 4 discusses the robustness of our main results under different extensions, including imperfect exchange rate pass-through, incomplete markets, alternative timings for the policy rule and money in utility, and alternative preferences and technologies. Finally, Section 5 concludes.
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
In this paper, we fully characterize the set of global perfect foresight equilibria of a standard two-good small-open-economy model, where monetary policy takes the form of an active forward-looking Taylor-type interest rate rule. We show that a higher degree of trade openness – measured by the share of traded goods in aggregate consumption – makes the rule more prone to induce endogenous complex dynamics, such as equilibrium cycles of various periodicities and chaos. Interestingly, the results on chaos should not be perceived as theoretical curiosities. They are to some extent consistent with the evidence reported by Bask (2002) and Gogas and Serletis (2000) on chaotic dynamics for the nominal and real exchange rates of some inflation targeting countries. 26 To the best of our knowledge, our paper is the first to bridge the gap between the closed economy literature on global analysis of Taylor rules and the open economy literature on local analysis of these rules. And by doing this, we unveil some crucial differences. On one hand, relative to the global analyses on closed economy models, we show that trade openness considerably widens the range of values of the risk aversion parameter under which cycles and chaos can arise. In this regard, our results are in the same spirit as those from Weder (2001) and Meng and Velasco (2003) of the RBC literature on production externalities: openness makes it easier to obtain expectations-driven fluctuations. On the other hand, relative to the local analysis on open economy models, we show that rules that imply local determinacy can still lead to global indeterminacy by inducing cyclical and chaotic dynamics. This is certainly in line with Benhabib et al., 2001b and Benhabib et al., 2002a, but the key difference here is that the extent of disagreement between the local and global analyses depends on the degree of openness. Our model can be extended in different directions. Because of tractability, our analytical results are restricted to the case of a flexible-price and perfectly competitive economy. Using a continuous time framework, in Airaudo and Zanna (2012a), we extend the current model to allow for monopolistic competition and nominal price rigidities in one sector (e.g., the non-traded goods sector). We prove analytically that cycles appear through a Hopf bifurcation with respect to the weight on the inflation of the flexible-price sector (e.g., the traded sector), which in the small open economy setup is related to the degree of trade openness. Furthermore, in this paper we have assumed that the government follows a fixed monetary policy rule. Many authors, including Benhabib et al. (2002b), have advocated for an explicit commitment to switch to a different monetary rule (exchange-rate-based or money-growth-based rules) to escape from or rule out liquidity traps. It would be interesting to assess whether cyclical and chaotic dynamics still occur in such regime-switching environments. We leave this extension for future research.