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|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|8317||2009||13 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||محاسبه نشده|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Journal of International Money and Finance, Volume 28, Issue 1, February 2009, Pages 135–147
This paper shows that certain real rigidities can help explain high volatility of real exchange rates relative to other macroeconomic aggregates. An international real business cycle model is used to demonstrate that real exchange rate volatility increases if (i) it is costly to move labor between sectors and (ii) the consumption of tradable goods requires distribution services. Model dynamics are generated by shocks to productivity and preferences based on sectoral output, employment and consumption data from G-7 countries. The introduction of intersectoral adjustment and distribution costs substantially increases the real exchange rate volatility generated by the model.
Real exchange rates are highly volatile relative to other macroeconomic variables. Table 1 reports the average annual percentage standard deviation of real exchange rates relative to output for the G-7 for the period 1970–2004. On average, the real effective exchange rate is 3.15 times as volatile as output. Economists have struggled to account for this “excess volatility.” In the words of Obstfeld and Rogoff (2000, p. 380), “exchange rates are remarkably volatile relative to any model we have of underlying fundamentals such as interest rates, outputs and money supplies.” Chari et al. (2002, p. 533) describe the volatility and persistence of real exchange rates as “the central puzzle in international business cycles.”One approach to this issue, pioneered by Dornbusch's (1976) “overshooting” model, emphasizes nominal rigidities and monetary shocks. Chari et al. (2002) implement this idea in a calibrated, two-country dynamic general equilibrium model with sticky prices. They are able to match the volatility of the real exchange rate, but only by assuming a high degree of risk aversion. This paper explores an alternative approach based on real rigidities. It demonstrates that real exchange rates become considerably more volatile when it is costly to move factors of production between sectors, and when consumption of tradable goods requires nontradable distribution services. The international real business cycle framework developed by Backus et al. (1992) and extended by Stockman and Tesar (1995) is used to examine the effect of distribution costs and intersectoral labor mobility costs on the real exchange rate. Since the intuition is based entirely on relative prices and real costs, money and nominal rigidities are ignored, but the ideas explored here may be viewed as complementary to theories that rely on nominal rigidities. In addition to the standard productivity shocks, preference shocks are introduced to allow consideration of the effects of changes on the demand side of the economy in a nonmonetary framework. Introducing intersectoral labor mobility and distribution costs causes the standard deviation of the real exchange rate to more than double, increasing from 2.14% to 5.17%. The channels through which real exchange rate movements are affected by real rigidities are investigated by decomposing them into the portions due to the relative price of tradable goods between countries and the relative price of nontradable goods within each country. The effects of the individual shocks are examined by considering the impulse response functions generated by sectoral productivity and relative demand shocks. The intuition motivating the introduction of costly intersectoral factor movements is relatively simple. Real exchange rates are functions of relative prices. If it is costly to change quantities by reallocating inputs, relative prices will move more. To illustrate, consider a shock that increases the demand for tradable goods. The change in demand raises the relative price of tradables. In the absence of adjustment costs, factors of production would instantly move from the nontradable sector into the tradable sector, increasing the relative supply of tradables, and lowering the price. With adjustment costs, supply does not respond as much and the relative price of tradables remains elevated. Distribution costs also amplify relative price movements in an intuitively straightforward manner. With distribution costs, when consumers purchase goods, they are also purchasing nontradable services, like retailing. The retail price reflects both the good and service inputs. In order to achieve a given change in retail relative prices, the relative prices of the goods will need to change by a larger amount. Several strands of empirical research suggest that costs of reallocating labor between sectors may be substantial. The cost of adjusting labor inputs is reflected in the procyclical behavior of labor productivity known as “labor hoarding.” Based on surveys of employers, Fay and Medoff (1985) find that four percent of blue-collar hours should be classified as hoarded during downturns. Fair (1985) provides econometric estimates on aggregate US data consistent with Fay and Medoff's evidence. Burgess and Dolado (1989) and Pfann and Palm (1993) estimate models of sluggish adjustment of labor inputs on UK data. Both find statistically significant adjustment costs. On the labor supply side, Lee and Wolpin (2006) estimate a dynamic model using survey data on individuals and find significant costs of moving between sectors. Two interesting applications of intersectoral adjustment costs in the international trade literature are Mussa (1978) and Davidson and Matusz (2004). Mussa (1978) analyzes the dynamics of the Hecksher–Ohlin–Samuelson model when it is costly to reallocate capital between sectors in response to a change in relative prices, which are taken as exogenous in his model. Davidson and Matusz (2004) examine the benefits of trade liberalization in the presence of intersectoral adjustment costs. They show that a significant portion of the benefits of liberalization may be offset by the costs associated with worker retraining. Several papers have examined real exchange rates in small open economy models with intersectoral adjustment costs. Gavin (1990) examines the dynamic response to a terms of trade shock in a model with nontradable goods and costs to reallocating capital. Capital adjustment costs play the same role of amplifying movements the price of tradable relative to nontradable goods as labor adjustment costs in this paper. Morshed and Turnovsky (2004) show that costs to moving capital between sectors generate persistent real exchange rate and current account dynamics in response to shocks to government expenditures and technology. de Cordoba and Kehoe (2002) employ intersectoral adjustment costs to help explain the movements of the real exchange rate and trade balance that occurred as Spain lifted restrictions on capital inflows after entering the European Community. Unlike those papers, the model presented here specifically addresses the standard deviation of the real exchange rate, and does so in the context of a two-country general equilibrium system where fluctuations in the terms of trade are generated endogenously from technology and preference shocks. Distribution costs are the other key feature of the model presented here. Burstein et al. (2003) argue that the nontradable components of tradable goods consumption are large. They use several sources of data to calculate the “distribution margin,” the difference between the retail and producer price, as a percentage of the retail price. For US personal consumption expenditures on tradable goods, they find a distribution margin of 43.4% using the input–output tables for 1997. For the other G-7 countries, the margin ranges from 35% (France) to 50% (Japan). In a model calibrated to match Argentina's 1991 currency board, they show that accounting for distribution costs can help understand the movement of real exchange rates and relative prices following an exchange rate stabilization. Corsetti et al. (2008) use distribution costs to address the negative correlation between the terms of trade and relative consumption, which is contrary to international risk-sharing. They introduce distribution costs as a mechanism for reducing the share of imports in consumption and the elasticity of substitution between domestic and imported tradables. This allows their model to match the negative correlation between the terms of trade and relative consumption observed in the data.
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
The volatility of real exchange rates has acquired the status of a “puzzle” in macroeconomics. This paper demonstrates that a two-country general equilibrium model generates substantially more real exchange rate volatility when two plausible types of rigidity – intersectoral adjustment costs and distribution costs – are included. The examination of impulse responses for productivity and preference shocks illustrates that the mechanism depends on the type of shock. It is beyond the scope of this research to take a position on the true nature of the shock process driving the economy. Certainly, a natural extension would be to incorporate intersectoral adjustment and distribution costs into a framework which includes monetary shocks. The significant increase in real exchange rate volatility when the costs are included suggests that real exchange rate volatility may be less puzzling than previously thought.