Presentation on theme: "A Model of the IMF as a Coinsurance Arrangement Ralph Chami, Sunil Sharma & Ilhyock Shim Conference on Dollars, Debt and Deficits60 Years After Bretton."— Presentation transcript:
A Model of the IMF as a Coinsurance Arrangement Ralph Chami, Sunil Sharma & Ilhyock Shim Conference on Dollars, Debt and Deficits60 Years After Bretton Woods Banco de España, Madrid, June 14-15, 2004
2 Introduction IMF has seen a sharp increase in demand for financial support from emerging market countries Recent IMF programs have been large, breaching normal access limits Role of the IMFemergency lender, crisis manager Analyze the dilemmas created for the IMF by its mandate, and the incentives created for member countries by IMF lending operations
5 I. Rationale for a Coinsurance Arrangement Is it mutually advantageous for countries to coinsure each otheryes. Providing coinsurance creates moral hazard Interdependence and the mitigation of moral hazard Peer monitoring Centralized monitoring and provision of resources
7 II. Operating the Coinsurance Arrangement. Objectives Provide appropriate incentives to member countries Should IMF precommit to a loan contract? Or should the loan contract be formulated after the country falls into a crisis.
9 The IMFs Choice of Contract Objective Function: (i) Safeguarding its resources; (ii) Country welfare and safeguarding its resources. IMFs information set: cannot perfectly observe the crisis prevention and crisis resolution efforts of member countries. Problem: Choose a loan contract to maximize its objective function taking into account the incentive effects on borrowing countries. Model is solved by backward induction
10 IMF Objective: Safeguarding Resources IMF demands payment in full Irrespective of country effort to prevent or resolve crises Country still exerts a positive effort to insure itself optimally
11 IMF Objective: Country Welfare and Safeguarding Resources Trade-off Resources available to the IMF matter Issues faced by the IMF: –Samaritans dilemma –King Lears dilemma –Time inconsistency –Timing of IMF intervention matters
13 Implications for Country Policy Effort Under ex post loan contracts, the repayment scheme is compensatory Comparison of crisis resolution efforts: Ex ante contract > Ex post contract > last word contract Similar statement can be made for crisis prevention efforts Ex ante contract involves smaller transfers compared to the ex post contract Raises issue of precommitment to an ex ante contract.
14 Precommitment & Time Inconsistency In sequential decision problems, we have time inconsistency problems even under complete and perfect information For the IMF, this problem is exacerbated by: –Concern for country welfare –Information asymmetries –Verifiability issues Highlights the value of precommitment
15 Concluding Remarks Other advantages of an ex ante contract: –Help gauge level of self-insurance needed –Mitigate creditor moral hazard –Self-disciplining device for the IMF Defining the ex ante contractnormal access limits, loan maturity, interest rate charged, conditionality. Need to address the issue of what are appropriate country quota levels and access limits.