University of Virginia
Department of Economics
Charlottesville, VA 22904
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Institutional Affiliation: University of Virginia
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NBER Working Papers and Publications
|October 2019||Optimal Policy for Macro-Financial Stability|
with Gianluca Benigno, Huigang Chen, Christopher Otrok, Alessandro Rebucci: w26397
There is a new and now extensive literature analyzing government policies for financial stability based on models with endogenous borrowing constraints. These normative analyses often build upon the concept of constrained efficient allocation, where the social planner is constrained by the same borrowing limit that agents face. In this paper, we show that the same set of policy tools that implement the constrained efficient allocation can be used optimally by a Ramsey planner to replicate the unconstrained allocation, thus achieving higher welfare. We establish this in the context of a well-known model economy, but the result is relevant whenever the policy instrument that is assigned to the planner can affect the market price that determines the value of collateral in the borrowing constr...
|May 2016||Optimal Capital Controls and Real Exchange Rate Policies: A Pecuniary Externality Perspective|
with Gianluca Benigno, Huigang Chen, Christopher Otrok, Alessandro Rebucci: w22224
A new theoretical literature studies the use of capital controls to prevent financial crises in models in which pecuniary externalities justify government intervention. Within the same theoretical framework, we show that when ex-post policies such as defending the exchange rate can contain or resolve financial crises, there is no need to intervene ex-ante with capital controls. On the other hand, if crises management policies entail some efficiency costs, then crises prevention policies become part of the optimal policy mix. In the standard model economy used in the literature with costly crisis management policies, the optimal policy mix combines capital controls in tranquil times with support for the real exchange rate to limit its depreciation during crises times. The optimal policy mix...
Published: Gianluca Benigno & Huigang Chen & Christopher Otrok & Alessandro Rebucci & Eric R. Young, 2016. "Optimal Capital Controls and Real Exchange Rate Policies: A Pecuniary Externality Perspective," Journal of Monetary Economics, . citation courtesy of
|December 2015||A New Dilemma: Capital Controls and Monetary Policy in Sudden Stop Economies|
with Michael B. Devereux, Changhua Yu: w21791
The dangers of high capital flow volatility and sudden stops have led economists to promote the use of capital controls as an addition to monetary policy in emerging market economies. This paper studies the benefits of capital controls and monetary policy in an open economy with financial frictions, nominal rigidities, and sudden stops. We focus on a time-consistent policy equilibrium. We find that during a crisis, an optimal monetary policy should sharply diverge from price stability. Without commitment, policymakers will also tax capital inflows in a crisis. But this is not optimal from an ex-ante social welfare perspective. An outcome without capital inflow taxes, using optimal monetary policy alone to respond to crises, is superior in welfare terms, but not time-consistent. If policy c...