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1 Dynamics of Small Open Economies Lecture 2, ECON 4330 Tord Krogh January 22, 2013 Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

2 Last lecture The models we have looked at so far are characterized by: A representative agent Two periods Perfect foresight Partial eq. if r is taken as constant General eq. if CA 1 (r) + CA 1 (r) = 0 Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

3 Last lecture: Open economy?? So far, no reference to exchange rates, terms of trade, etc. Why not? Models we have time to look at: Real models where there are no nominal variables. Hence no nominal exchange rates either When each country produces a single good (identical across borders) with no trade frictions, the price is equal in all countries the real exchange rate equals one In chapter 4 we return to the issue of terms of trade and real exhange rates Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

4 Last lecture: Simple two-period endowment model Home maximizes its utility U = u(c 1 ) + βu(c 2 ) subject to the budget constraint C 2 = (1 + r)(y 1 C 1 ) + Y 2. First-order condition: u (C 1 ) = β(1 + r)u ((1 + r)(y 1 C 1 ) + Y 2 ) (1) determines optimal period 1 consumption. (1) implicitly defines C 1 (r), such that the current account function is: CA 1 (r) = Y 1 C 1 (r) (2) Same calculations can be made for Foreign. Gives CA 1 (r). Equilibrium real interest rate is found by imposing CA 1 (r) = CA 1 (r) (3) Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

5 Last lecture: Simple two-period endowment model II Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

6 Last lecture: Adding investment If we add capital [Y t = F (K t)], the new set of optimality conditions includes A 2 F (K 2 ) = r i.e., the country will invest such that the rate of return at home equals the world interest rate. Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

7 Last lecture: Adding goverment spending Not covered in the lecture was how to add government spending. Will look more at that in seminar 1, but for now accept that the only effect of government spending (G t in period t) is simply that it reduces income by the same amount. Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

8 Last lecture: WHY? Why were we looking at these models? Starting block for builiding microfounded models to understand the main determinants behind the current account and (if general equilibrium) world interest rate. According to our models, the main reasons for running a current account deficit are: (Expectations of) positive future income growth (Expectations of) higher productivity in the future (or a fall in this period s productivity) A temporary increase in government spending (G 1 > G 2 ) A sudden destruction of the initial capital stock (war?) A relatively low world interest rate (lower than a country s autarky rate r A > r) Further, the world interest rate should reflect some measure of the world discount rate, growth rate, as well as people s elasticity of subsitution. Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

9 Last lecture: WHY? Real life example Figure: Quarterly US current account (billions) Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

10 Last lecture: WHY? Real life example II Figure: US current account relative to GDP Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

11 Last lecture: WHY? Real life example III Can the GDP growth rate be helpful to explain CA/GDP? Figure: US current account relative to GDP (red, left axis) and annual real GDP growth rate (blue, right axis) Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

12 Last lecture: WHY? Real life example III What about the US real interest rate? (As a proxy for the world interest rate) Figure: US current account relative to GDP (red, left axis) and annual real interest rate (blue, right axis) Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

13 Today s lecture Seems like we re not fully there yet, but first models show some relevance. Today we will consider two changes/extensions that generalize the two-period results: Infinite horizon Uncertainty Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

14 Infinite horizon model Outline 1 Infinite horizon model CES example Solution for the current account 2 When is a country bankrupt? 3 Stochasticity 4 Implications for optimal investment 5 Fundamental CA when output is exogenous 6 Empirical relevance Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

15 Infinite horizon model Model First consider the model from last lecture, but generalized to infinite horizon. Still perfect foresight. Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

16 Infinite horizon model Model II Utility function: U t = u(c t) + βu(c t+1 ) + β 2 u(c t+2 ) +... = β s t u(c s) (4) s=t Production function, capital accumulation, current account definition and NFA-accumulation is defined precisely as before: Y s = A sf (K s) (5) K s+1 = K s + I s (6) CA s = Y s C s I s G s + r sb s (7) B s+1 = B s + CA s (8) for any period s t. (Notice that I have added government spending) Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

17 Infinite horizon model Model III What about the budget constraint? For every period s we have (as in the two-period model): C s + G s + I s + B s+1 = Y s + (1 + r s)b s (9) The intertemporal budget constraint for a constant world interest rate is s=t ( ) 1 s t (C s + I s + G s) = (1 + r)b t r s=t ( ) 1 s t Y s (10) 1 + r Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

18 Infinite horizon model Model IV The derivation of the intertemporal budget constraint (will be done in a seminar problem) rests on assuming ( ) 1 T lim B t+t +1 0 (11) T 1 + r This is the no Ponzi-game condition. Further, utility maximization will require since you want to consume as much as possible. ( ) 1 T lim B t+t +1 = 0 T 1 + r Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

19 Infinite horizon model Model V To solve the model, we maximize utility given by (4) subject to (5)-(9) and (11). More compactly: max {B s+1,k s+1 } s=t β s t u ([1 + r]b s B s+1 + A sf (K s) [K s+1 K s] G s) s=t given K t, B t and subject to the no-ponzi condition (11). Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

20 Infinite horizon model Model VI Let s optimize ignoring the no Ponzi condition. First-order condition for B s+1 : β s t u (C s)( 1) + β s+1 t u (C s+1 )(1 + r) = 0 where C s = (1 + r)b s B s+1 + A sf (K s) (K s+1 K s) G s. Can be re-arranged to give the (now familiar) consumption Euler equation: This must hold for s = t, t + 1, t + 2,... u (C s) = β(1 + r)u (C s+1 ) (12) Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

21 Infinite horizon model Model VII First-order condition for K s+1 : β s t u (C s)( 1) + β s+1 t u (C s+1 ) [ 1 + A s+1 F (K s+1 ) ] = 0 where C s = (1 + r)b s B s+1 + A sf (K s) (K s+1 K s) G s. Can be re-arranged to give u (C s) = β[1 + A s+1 F (K s+1 )]u (C s+1 ) (13) This too must hold for s = t, t + 1, t + 2,... Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

22 Infinite horizon model Implications The first-order conditions (12) and (13), together with the initial conditions and no-ponzi condition (11), describes the optimum path. In the two-period model we found a neat expression for optimal capital. Is it still there? If we combine (12) and (13), it is easy to see that they imply A s+1 F (K s+1 ) = r Hence consumption and investment decisions are still separated. The country will invest in capital as long as it pays off more than the world interest rate. Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

23 Infinite horizon model Implications II So in principle, much is carried over from the two-period model. The Euler equation is standard, and investment requires A s+1 F (K s+1 ) = r, just as before. It is therefore essential to be able to interpret these equations. Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

24 Infinite horizon model CES example Example For an analytical example, let us once again assume CES-utility: u(c) = C 1 1/σ σ Since the Euler equation in this case is u (C) = C 1/σ C s+1 = [β(1 + r)] σ C s = (1 + g)c s where g = [β(1 + r)] σ 1. Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

25 Infinite horizon model CES example Example II What does this imply for the consumption path? Since the Euler equation holds for s = t, t + 1, t + 2,..., we get that C s = (1 + g) s t C t So the optimal consumption in any period s is given by (1 + g) s t C t. Consumption grows at a rate g. Consumption grows (forever) if β(1 + r) = 1+r > 1, i.e. if the world interest rate is high 1+δ enough (r > δ). Put differently, for a given interest rate, the patient countries will have consumption growth. Impatient will have consumption declining forever. Realistic? One problem is that we treat r as exogenous. Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

26 Infinite horizon model CES example Example III How does this relate to the present-value budget constraint? Re-call equation (10): s=t ( ) 1 s t C s = (1 + r)b t r s=t ( ) 1 s t (Y s I s G s) 1 + r Insert for optimal consumption and let the RHS define W t ( lifetime wealth ). s=t ( ) 1 + g s t C t = W t 1 + r As long as g < r (which holds for β < 1 and σ 1), consumption is not growing faster than the interest rate, and the sum converges. By the rules for geometric sums, s=t ( ) 1 + g s t = r 1 1+g 1+r = 1 + r r g Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

27 Infinite horizon model CES example Example IV It follows that C t = r g 1 + r Wt g = 0: Consume the permanent income from your total wealth g > 0: Consume less than your permanent income. Gives you a rising consumption path g < 0: Consume more than the permanent income. Gives you a declining consumption path Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

28 Infinite horizon model Solution for the current account The CA What about the current account? To analyze the CA-dynamics, introduce the concept permanent level of X t: ( ) 1 s t ( ) 1 s t Xt = X s 1 + r 1 + r s=t s=t X t is thus the hypothetical constant value of X which has the same present value as a given sequence {X s} s=t at the interest rate r. Since X t is constant for all s, we have: X t = r 1 + r s=t ( ) 1 s t X s 1 + r Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

29 Infinite horizon model Solution for the current account The CA II We will use this trick to get an easy-to-interpret equation for the CA. First re-write the definition of W t: ( ) 1 s t W t = (1 + r)b t + (Y s I s G s) 1 + r s=t = (1 + r)b t r ) (Ỹt Ĩ t G t r = 1 + r (rb t + r Ỹt Ĩt G ) t Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

30 Infinite horizon model Solution for the current account The CA III Then assume CES-utility again, in which case C t = r g 1 + r Wt = rb t + Ỹ t Ĩ t G t g 1 + r Wt Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

31 Infinite horizon model Solution for the current account The CA IV Since the current account is defined as it follows that under CES-utility: CA t = rb t + Y t C t I t G t CA t = (Y t Ỹt) (It Ĩt) (Gt G t) + g Wt (14) 1 + r O&R label (14) the fundamental equation for the current account. Gives an easy way to interpret the driving forces behind current account deficits and surpluses. Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

32 Infinite horizon model Solution for the current account The CA V So what drives the CA-development? The fruits from temp. high output will be spread across periods The pain from temp. high rates of investment will be reduced by borrowing abroad So to if government spending is temp. high But there may be an extra effect when g 0, which stems from the desire to be on an upward or downward sloping consumption path This shows us that the infinite horizon model in many ways generalize the results from our two-period model. Note two limitations: Exogenous interest rate Perfect foresight No-Ponzi is assumed to be satisfied. Unsustainable CA deficits do not exist. Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

33 When is a country bankrupt? Outline 1 Infinite horizon model CES example Solution for the current account 2 When is a country bankrupt? 3 Stochasticity 4 Implications for optimal investment 5 Fundamental CA when output is exogenous 6 Empirical relevance Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

34 When is a country bankrupt? What is a sustainable level of foreign debt? Write the intertemporal budget constraint (10) as: ( ) 1 s t (1 + r)b t = (Y s C s I s G s) 1 + r s=t From here we see that a country s foreign debt ( B) reflects the discounted sum of all future trade surpluses. Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

35 When is a country bankrupt? What is a sustainable level of foreign debt? II Introduce the break-even trade balance tb as the constant trade balance to output level that makes the intertemporal budget constraint hold, and assume that Y s = (1 + g) s t Y t. The intertemporal budget constraint is then ( ) 1 s t (1 + r)b t = tb (1 + g) s t Y t 1 + r s=t which can be re-arranged as (assuming that r > g). tb = (r g) Bt Y t Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

36 When is a country bankrupt? What is a sustainable level of foreign debt? III For a given foreign debt to GDP ratio, B/Y, and for given estimates of the future world interest rate and country-specific growth rate, we can calculate the required trade balance (as share of GDP) the country must adjust to if it is to satisfy its intertemporal budget constraint. Assume B/Y = 1, so tb = r g. Not unreasonable to assume r = 6%. If the expected growth rate is 2 percent, this means that the country must run a constant trade surplus of 4% of GDP forever. Will this make sure it repays all its debt? Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

37 When is a country bankrupt? What is a sustainable level of foreign debt? IV Examples: Greece and Spain. Both have a net international investment position to GDP of (slightly below) 1. Assume optimistically g = 2% for both. Need tb = 4%. Current situation: Figure: Trade balance to GDP for Greece and Spain Looks like it is improving. But some of it is because of a fall in GDP.. Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

38 Stochasticity Outline 1 Infinite horizon model CES example Solution for the current account 2 When is a country bankrupt? 3 Stochasticity 4 Implications for optimal investment 5 Fundamental CA when output is exogenous 6 Empirical relevance Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

39 Stochasticity Stochastic model Now it is time to introduce uncertainty in the model. Future levels of output, government spending, etc. are stochastic But we will still have the possibility of investing in a riskless bond paying an interest rate r Rational expactations/model-consistent expectations Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

40 Stochasticity Stochastic model II The utility function will be assumed to be given by { } U t = E t β s t u(c s) s=t (15) (15) is a simple generalization of the utility function used so far. Except for this change, all other conditions are unchanged. We maximize (15) subject to (5)-(8), and in addition (9) and (11), or alternatively (10). More compactly: } max {B s+1,k s+1 } s=t { E t β s t u((1 + r)b s B s+1 + A sf (K s) (K s+1 K s) G s) s=t given K t, B t and subject to the no-ponzi condition (11). Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

41 Stochasticity Stochastic model III We will look at two interesting points. How does uncertainty affect the optimal investment decision? What is the new fundamental current account equation for an exogenous income process? Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

42 Stochasticity Stochastic model IV First-order condition for B s+1 : E t { β s t u (C s)( 1) + β s+1 t u (C s+1 )(1 + r) } = 0 where C s = (1 + r)b s B s+1 + A sf (K s) (K s+1 K s) G s. Can be re-arranged to give: E t { u (C s) } = β(1 + r)e t { u (C s+1 ) } (16) So the consumption Euler equation must hold in expectation for s = t, t + 1, t + 2,... Special case for s = t: u (C t) = β(1 + r)e t { u (C t+1 ) } Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

43 Stochasticity Stochastic model V To look at the optimal investment decision, we find the first-order condition for K s+1 : { E t β s t u (C s)( 1) + β s+1 t u (C s+1 ) [ 1 + A s+1 F (K s+1 ) ]} = 0 where C s = (1 + r)b s B s+1 + A sf (K s) (K s+1 K s) G s. Can be re-arranged to give { E t u (C } { s) = βe t [1 + As+1 F (K s+1 )]u (C s+1 ) } (17) This must hold for s = t, t + 1, t + 2,... Special case for s = t: u { (C t) = βe t [1 + As+1 F (K t+1 )]u (C t+1 ) } Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

44 Implications for optimal investment Outline 1 Infinite horizon model CES example Solution for the current account 2 When is a country bankrupt? 3 Stochasticity 4 Implications for optimal investment 5 Fundamental CA when output is exogenous 6 Empirical relevance Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

45 Implications for optimal investment Implications for optimal investment With perfect foresight, we could combine the FOCs to get A sf (K s) = r. Still possible? Consider the special case of s = t. The two conditions can be combined to give { β(1 + r)u } (C t+1 ) E t u A t+1 F (K t+1 ) = r (C t) but it cannot be simplified further since, in general, C t+1 and A t+1 are correlated. Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

46 Implications for optimal investment Implications for optimal investment II To learn more, we can re-write the LHS as { β(1 + r)u } (C t+1 ) { E t u E t At+1 F (K t+1 ) } ( β(1 + r)u ) (C t+1 ) + cov t (C t) u, A t+1 F (K t+1 ) = (C t) { E t At+1 F (K t+1 ) } ( β(1 + r)u ) (C t+1 ) + cov t u, A t+1 F (K t+1 ) (C t) Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

47 Implications for optimal investment Implications for optimal investment III So the new condition for optimal investment is { E t At+1 F (K t+1 ) } ( β(1 + r)u ) (C t+1 ) = r cov t u, A t+1 F (K t+1 ) (C t) The covariance is likely to be negative. If A t+1 turns out to be high, this will make consumption, C t+1, high as well, reducing the marginal utility u (C t+1 ). You require a risk premia, and invest less than under perfect foresight. This is similar to consumption-capm which you will learn about in other courses. Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

48 Fundamental CA when output is exogenous Outline 1 Infinite horizon model CES example Solution for the current account 2 When is a country bankrupt? 3 Stochasticity 4 Implications for optimal investment 5 Fundamental CA when output is exogenous 6 Empirical relevance Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

49 Fundamental CA when output is exogenous Fundamental CA Assume that: β(1 + r) = 1 (implying no trend growth in consumption in the absence of technological growth). Output is given by an exogenous process Y t = ρy t 1 + ε t Quadratic utility: u(c) = C a 0 2 C 2 Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

50 Fundamental CA when output is exogenous Fundamental CA II With quadratic utility, marginal utility is simply 1 a 0 C. The Euler equation becomes E t {1 a 0 C s} = E t {1 a 0 C s+1 } which implies E tc s+1 = E tc s For s = 1 we get Hall s random walk result: E tc t+1 = C t (18) Consumption is a random walk Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

51 Fundamental CA when output is exogenous Hall s random walk once more Hall s model predicts that E tc s = C t which is, as we ve seen, a property it shares with random walks. Another implication, which can be motivated both by RE and by the RW itself, is that when expectations are rational, E tc s = C s + η s where η s is the expectational error. More importantly, E t(η sη v ) = 0 for s v. This gives us a testable prediction since E tc t+1 = C t+1 + η t+1, and hence: C t+1 = η t+1 If consumption follows a random walk, then consumption growth should be completely unpredictable, and uncorrelated over time. Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

52 Fundamental CA when output is exogenous Fundamental CA III What level of consumption? We know that the present-value budget constraint must hold: s=t ( ) 1 s t C s = (1 + r)b t r Since it holds for sure, it must also hold in expectation: E t { s=t s=t ( ) 1 s t (Y s G s) 1 + r ( ) } { 1 s t ( ) 1 s t C s = (1 + r)b t + E t (Y s G s)} 1 + r 1 + r s=t Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

53 Fundamental CA when output is exogenous Fundamental CA IV Since E tc s+1 = E tc s, it follows that E tc t+i = C t for any i > 0. Hence: { ( ) } 1 s t ( ) 1 s t E t C s = E tc s 1 + r 1 + r s=t s=t ( ) 1 s t = C t 1 + r s=t = 1 + r C t r We find consumption for period t to be: [ C t = r ( ) 1 s t (1 + r)b t + E t {(Y s G s)}] 1 + r 1 + r s=t Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

54 Fundamental CA when output is exogenous Fundamental CA V This case in an example of certainty equivalence. Even though the future is uncertain, the agent acts as if expected values were certaint to be realized. Put differently: Risk is irrevelant. Why do we get that here? Quadratic utility Non-stochastic interest rate r Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

55 Fundamental CA when output is exogenous Fundamental CA VI Then set G t = 0. To see how the current account reacts to shocks, assume that income is an AR-process Y t Ȳ = ρ(y t 1 Ȳ ) + ɛ t ɛ t is usually assumed to be iid N(0, σ 2 ), while 0 ρ 1. The AR-parameter ρ measures how persistent the process is. If ρ = 0, then income varies randomly around its mean If 0 < ρ < 1, then income may deviate persistently away from its mean, but it will always return to it. Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

56 Fundamental CA when output is exogenous Fundamental CA VII When ρ = 0: Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

57 Fundamental CA when output is exogenous Fundamental CA VIII When ρ = 0.5: Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

58 Fundamental CA when output is exogenous Fundamental CA IX In the special case of ρ = 1, we see that Y t = Y t 1 + ɛ t which after iterating backwards will give us t Y t = Y 0 + ɛ s s=1 Hence any shock to Y t is permanent, and the process is accumulating shocks over time. Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

59 Fundamental CA when output is exogenous Fundamental CA X When ρ = 1: Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

60 Fundamental CA when output is exogenous Fundamental CA XI Since E tε t+s = 0 for s = 1, 2,..., the expected value of an AR-process is given by We can therefore start out with or: C t = r 1 + r C t = rb t + Ȳ + E t { Ys Ȳ } = ρ s t (Y t Ȳ ) [ (1 + r)b t + s=t r 1 + r s=t ( ) ] 1 s t E ty s 1 + r ( ) 1 s t E t(y s 1 + r Ȳ ) Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

61 Fundamental CA when output is exogenous Fundamental CA XII Inserting for what the expected values are, we get C t = rb t + Ȳ + r 1 + r and after using the formula for an infinite geometric sum: s=t C t = rb t + Ȳ + ( ) 1 s t ρ s t (Y t Ȳ ) 1 + r r 1 + r ρ (Yt Ȳ ) Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

62 Fundamental CA when output is exogenous Fundamental CA XIII Since the current account is we can insert for C t to find CA t = Y t C t + rb t CA t = 1 ρ 1 + r ρ (Yt Ȳ ) This is a slightly different, but very similar, version of the fundamental current account equation (14), but now derived in a stochastic environment. Only source of stochasticity is income. Deviations from long-run mean will cause current account surpluses or deficits. What happens if ρ = 1? Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

63 Fundamental CA when output is exogenous Impulse response functions In standard stochastic macro models, an important component is the set of structural shocks that you include. In our previous example, income was the only source of uncertainty, and in principle we can regard it as a structural shock in this context. The structural shocks are what s driving the development over time. The structural shocks are typically AR(1)-processes, just like what we assumed for Y t Ȳ. Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

64 Fundamental CA when output is exogenous Impulse response functions II Impulse-response functions show how the endogenous variables of the model react to shocks. In our previous example, the structural (income) shock was: Y t Ȳ = ρ(y t 1 Ȳ ) + ɛt An impulse-response function will in this case show how C and CA react to a shock in income (ɛ t), assuming that there are no other shocks afterwards (ɛ t+s = 0). Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

65 Fundamental CA when output is exogenous Impulse response functions III For instance, if ρ = 0.5 and r = 0.05, the IRF for CA is: (Since the model is so simple, it is really just a re-scaling of Y Ȳ ) Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

66 Empirical relevance Outline 1 Infinite horizon model CES example Solution for the current account 2 When is a country bankrupt? 3 Stochasticity 4 Implications for optimal investment 5 Fundamental CA when output is exogenous 6 Empirical relevance Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

67 Empirical relevance Empirical relevance of stochastic CA model Is the stochastic current account model empirically relevant? OR section goes through one way to shed light on this issue. What they basically do is this: First define permanent levels of output, government spending and investment. Then use the solution for consumption when we have quadratic utility to get CA t = (Y t E t Ỹ t) (I t E t Ĩ t) (G t E t Gt) Then specify Z = Y G I such that CA t = Z t E t Z t. By re-arranging the current account equation, one can show that the current account reflects the discounted sum of all expected future growth in Z. Therefore, if the theory holds, CA t should be a good predictor of future growth in Z. Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

68 Empirical relevance Empirical relevance of stochastic CA model II To test this (you don t need to understand all the details) they: Specify a forecast model for Z t = Z t Z t 1, which is assumed to be a VAR model for CA t and Z t. Derive what the forecasts of the model imply for the discounted sum of all expected future growth in Z And finally use this to produce predictions for the current account Comparing predicted and actual values show a pretty good fit of the model for Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Sweden but not the UK. Tord Krogh () ECON 4330 January 22, / 68

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