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1 The Elasticity Approach to Balance-of-Payments and Exchange-Rate Determination

2 Daniels and VanHooseElasticity Approach2 Overview of the Elasticity Approach The elasticity approach emphasizes price changes as a determinant of a nation’s balance of payments and exchange rate. The elasticity approach is helpful in understanding the different outcomes that might arise from the short to long run.

3 Daniels and VanHooseElasticity Approach3 Review of Elasticity Price Elasticity of Demand is a measure of the responsiveness of quantity demanded to a change in price. If quantity demanded is highly responsive to a change in price, then demand is said to be relatively elastic. If quantity demanded is not very responsive to a change in price, then demand is said to be relatively inelastic.

4 Daniels and VanHooseElasticity Approach4 The Effect of Exchange Rate Changes The exchange rate is an important price to an economy. When a nation’s currency depreciates, domestic goods become relatively cheaper and foreign goods relatively more expensive in the global market. Hence, we would expect exports to rise and imports to decline.

5 Daniels and VanHooseElasticity Approach5 The Responsiveness of Imports and Exports The elasticity approach, therefore, considers the responsiveness of imports and exports to a change in the value of a nation’s currency. For example, if import demand is highly elastic, a depreciation of the domestic currency will cause a disproportional decline in the nation’s imports.

6 Daniels and VanHooseElasticity Approach6 Elasticity of Foreign Exchange Supply and Demand A nation’s supply of foreign exchange is dependent upon (among other things) its import demand, e.g. when a nation imports, it supplies foreign exchange as payment. A nation’s demand for foreign exchange is dependent upon its export supply, e.g. when a nation exports, it demands foreign exchange as payment.

7 Daniels and VanHooseElasticity Approach7 Surpluses and Deficits An excess supply of foreign exchange is equivalent to a current account deficit. An excess demand for foreign exchange is equivalent to a current account surplus. The current account is in balance when the quantity of foreign exchange supplied and quantity demanded are equal.

8 Daniels and VanHooseElasticity Approach8 DIDI DEDE SISI SESE Foreign Exchange in domestic currency units Spot Exchange Rate The superscripts I and E denote the relatively inelastic and relatively elastic supply and demand curves.

9 Daniels and VanHooseElasticity Approach9 DIDI DEDE SISI SESE Foreign Exchange in domestic currency units Spot Exchange Rate S0S0 At a spot exchange rate of S 0, the nation has an excess supply of foreign exchange and, therefore, is running a current account deficit.

10 Daniels and VanHooseElasticity Approach10 DIDI DEDE SISI SESE Foreign Exchange in domestic currency units Spot Exchange Rate S0S0 The elasticity approach considers how the responsiveness of imports and exports to changes in the exchange rate determines the extent to which a depreciation will improve the current account balance.

11 Daniels and VanHooseElasticity Approach11 DIDI DEDE SISI SESE Foreign Exchange in domestic currency units Spot Exchange Rate S0S0 If foreign exchange supply and demand are relatively elastic, a small change in the spot rate can correct the deficit. S1S1

12 Daniels and VanHooseElasticity Approach12 DIDI DEDE SISI SESE Foreign Exchange in domestic currency units Spot Exchange Rate S0S0 If foreign exchange supply and demand are relatively inelastic, a larger change in the spot rate is required to correct the deficit. S1S1

13 Daniels and VanHooseElasticity Approach13 The “J-Curve” The “J-Curve” is an (often, but not always) observed phenomenon. What is observed is that, follow a depreciation or devaluation, the nation’s balance of payments worsens before it improves.

14 Daniels and VanHooseElasticity Approach14 Pass-Through Effects A pass-through effect is when the domestic price of an imported good rises (falls) following the depreciation (appreciation) of the domestic currency.

15 The Absorption Approach to Balance-of-Payments and Exchange-Rate Determination

16 Daniels and VanHooseElasticity Approach16 Overview of The Absorption Approach The absorption approach emphasizes changes in real domestic income as a determinant of a nation’s balance of payments and exchange rate. Because it treats prices as constant, all variables are real measures.

17 Daniels and VanHooseElasticity Approach17 Expenditures A nation’s expenditures fall into four categories, consumption (c), investment (i), government (g), and imports (m). The total of these four categories is referred to as domestic absorption (a) a  c + i + g + m,

18 Daniels and VanHooseElasticity Approach18 Real Income A nation’s real income (y) is equivalent to total expenditures on its output y  c + i + g + x, where x denotes exports.

19 Daniels and VanHooseElasticity Approach19 The Current Account During the time (early Bretton Woods era) that the absorption model was developed, capital flows were not very important. Trade flows, therefore, determined the current account balance. Hence, the current account (ca) is equivalent to ca  x - m. Then, for example, if exports exceed imports, x > m, the nation is running a current account surplus.

20 Daniels and VanHooseElasticity Approach20 Current Account Determination The absorption approach hypothesizes that a nation’s current account balance is determined by the difference between real income and absorption, which can be written as: y - a = (c+i+g+x) - (c+i+g+m) = x - m, or y - a = ca.

21 Daniels and VanHooseElasticity Approach21 Contractions and Expansions Though a simple theory, the absorption approach is helpful in understanding a nation’s external performance during contractions and expansions. For example, when a nation experiences an economic contraction, does its current account necessarily improve and does its currency definitely appreciate? Does the opposite necessarily hold during an economic expansion?

22 Daniels and VanHooseElasticity Approach22 Consider the case of an economic expansion. Real income rises, thereby increasing real expenditures or absorption. Whether the current account balance improves or worsens depends on the relative changes in these two variables. Balance of Payments Determination

23 Daniels and VanHooseElasticity Approach23 Current Account Adjustment If real income rises faster than absorption, then the current account improves  y >  a   ca > 0. If real income rises slower than absorption, then the current account worsens  y <  a   ca < 0. Similar conclusions can be reached for a nation experiencing an economic contraction.

24 Daniels and VanHooseElasticity Approach24 Exchange Rate Determination The absorption approach can also be used to examine how changes in income affect the value of a nation’s currency. Recall that y - a = x - m. For example, if real income is rising faster than absorption, then exports must be increasing relative to imports. Hence, the nation’s currency will appreciate.

25 Daniels and VanHooseElasticity Approach25 Policy Implications A nation may resort to absorption instruments or expenditure switching instruments to correct an external imbalance. The effectiveness of these instruments, however, is uncertain, as can be seen in the model.

26 Daniels and VanHooseElasticity Approach26 Policy Instruments Absorption Instrument: Influences absorption by altering expenditures. Suppose the government reduces its expenditures (g). Absorption will decline as g declines. However, since expenditures decline, so does output. The absorption instrument is effective only if absorption declines faster than output.

27 Daniels and VanHooseElasticity Approach27 Policy Instruments, Continued Expenditure Switching Instrument: Alters expenditures among imports and exports by changing relative prices. Suppose the government devalues the domestic currency. Imports are relatively more expensive, and exports are relatively cheaper. If households and businesses switch directly between imports and domestic output without changing overall absorption or income, there is no impact on the current account balance.

28 Daniels and VanHooseElasticity Approach28 Conclusion The Absorption Approach emphasizes real income in balance-of-payments and exchange-rate determination. The approach hypothesizes that relative changes in real income or output and absorption determine a nation’s balance-of- payments and exchange-rate performance. It is not clear that expenditure switching and absorption instruments are effective.


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