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1 Basic Theories of the Balance of Payments Three Approaches

2 The Elasticities Approach to the Balance of Trade The Absorption Approach to the Balance of Trade The Monetary Approach to the Balance of Payment (MABOP)

3 The Elasticities Approach to BOT  d = elasticity of demand = the responsiveness of quantity demanded to changes in price  d = (%  Q d )/(%  P) which is usually negative

4 Elasticities |  d | > 1  the demand is elastic |  d | < 1  the demand is inelastic If the demand is elastic, the 1% rise in price leads to more than 1% decline in quantity demanded. If the demand is inelastic, the 1% rise in price leads to less than 1% decline in quantity demanded.

5 Devaluation and BOT Does the devaluation of a currency improve the country’s balance of trade? Consider E Ps/$ = the Mexican peso price of the dollar

6 Devaluation and BOT (cont’d) (1) If the demand curve for the dollar slopes downward and the supply curve of the dollar slopes upward, then the devaluation of the peso leads to an excess supply of the dollar, which causes the Mexican trade deficit to decrease.

7 Devaluation and BOT (2) If the demand curve for the dollar is steep and the supply curve of the dollar is negatively sloped, then the devaluation of the peso leads to an excess demand for the dollar, which causes the Mexican trade deficit to increase.

8 Devaluation and BOT (cont’d) (1): stable FX market equilibrium (2): unstable FX market equilibrium The case (2) could occur when Mexican demand for US imports and US demand for Mexican exports are both very inelastic. The greater the elasticities of both country’s demand for the other country’s goods, the greater the improvement in Mexico trade balance after a peso devaluation.

9 Devaluation and BOT The condition that guarantees the case (1) is called Marshall-Lerner Condition.

10 J Curve Effect After the devaluation, it is often observed that the trade balance initially deteriorates for a while before getting improved.

11 Elasticities and J-Curves Why do we have a J-Curve? The initial demands tend to be inelastic. Suppose Mexico imports good X from the US and exports good Y to the US. Devaluation  E ps/$   P X Ps  & P Y $   Q X d  & Q Y d 

12 Elasticities and J-Curves But if Mexican demand for X is inelastic, the % decrease in Q X d would be smaller than the % increase in P X Ps so that Imports = P X Ps Q X d would increase. Further, if US demand for Y is inelastic, the % increase in Q Y d would be smaller than the % decline in P Y $ so that Exports = P Y $ Q Y d would fall.

13 Pass Through Devaluation  Import prices  in the home country and export prices  in foreign countries. But prices do not adjust instantaneously. Persistent BOP deficit  devaluation  Home demand for imports  and foreign demand for exports   an improvement in BOP in the L-R

14 Pass-through Analysis How do prices adjust to exchange rate changes in the S-R? Differences in the pass-through effect across countries  Producers adjust profit margins Example: When the yen appreciated against the dollar substantially during late 1980s, Japanese auto-makers limited the pass-through of higher prices by reducing the profit margins on their products.

15 Pass-though analysis (cont’d) In general, Depreciation of the dollar  Foreign sellers cut their profit margins Appreciation of the dollar  Foreign sellers increase their profit margins

16 Absorption Approach to BOT Recall the national income identity: Y = C + I + G + (X – M) So Y – A = X – M where A = C + I + G is the total domestic spending or absorption.

17 Absorption approach to BOP (cont’d) If Y > A, then X – M > 0 or BOT > 0. If Y < A, then X – M < 0 or BOT < 0. Does devaluation always improve BOT? Recall: If Y = Y*  Full employment level of output, then all resources are already employed and hence, X – M  needs A . If Y < Y*, then X – M  obtains through increasing Y with A unchanged, i.e. by producing more to sell to foreigners.

18 Absorption approach So, when Y < Y*, devaluation would improve BOT. But when Y > Y*, devaluation would increase X – M but create inflation.

19 Monetary Approach to BOP Recall Current account Non-reserve capital account Official reserve account  money supply

20 Fed’s Balance Sheet Assets Liabilities  Domestic Credit  Currency (Treasury securities, (Fed reserve notes Discount loans, etc ) outstanding)  International  Bank reserves reserves (Gold, SDR, other foreign currencies denominated deposits and bonds)

21 Monetary base DC + IR = CU + R  MB (1) where DC = domestic credit IR = international reserves CU = currency R = bank reserves MB = monetary base

22 FX intervention again Suppose the Fed sells $1 billion of its foreign assets in exchange for $1 billion of US currency. Fed’s balance sheet Assets Liabilities Foreign assets -$1 billion Currency -$1 billion So, MB  by $1 billion.

23 Money Supply Recall: M S = mMB (2) where m = money multiplier M = CU + D where D = deposits MB = CU + R So, M/MB = (CU + D)/(CU + R) = (1 + c)/(c + r)  m where c = currency-deposit ratio r = reserve ratio

24 Money supply and Money demand Substituting (2) in (1), we obtain M S = m (DC + IR) (3) Consider Money demand function: M d = kPL (4) where P = price level at home and L is the liquidity preference function, which depends on income and the interest rate. k is a constant.

25 PPP again Now assume PPP P = EP* (5) where E = home currency price of the foreign currency P* = price level in the foreign country Substituting (5) into (4), we have M d = kEP*L (6)

26 Monetary equilibrium In equilibrium, M d = M S. So, from (3) and (6), we have kEP*L = m (DC + IR) In terms of “% changes” (or growth rates), E^ + P*^ + L^ = wDC^ + (1-w)IR^ where k^ = m^ =0 because they are constants. w = DC/(DC + IR).

27 Finally, Rearranging, we obtain (1-w) IR^ - E^ = P*^ + L^ - wDC^ (7)

28 Monetary approach to Balance of payments (MABOP) With a fixed exchange rate (E^ = 0), BOP^ = IR^ = [1/(1-w)](P*^ + L^) - [w/(1-w)]DC^ (8) Fed increases M S (Excess money supply)  DC   IR   BOP  Fed decreases M S  DC   IR   BOP 

29 Monetary approach to exchange rate (MAER) With a flexible exchange rate (BOP=0), -E^ = P*^ + L^ - wDC^ (9) Fed increases M S  DC   E  (depreciation) Fed decreases M S  DC   E  (appreciation)

30 Managed float Although exchange rates are market determined in principle, central banks intervene at times to peg the rates at some desired level. When M S or M d changes, the central bank can choose either E^ or IR^ to adjust.

31 Implication of PPP Recall PPP again: P = EP*. With a fixed ex rate, E^ = 0, so P^ = P*^ In other words, when the foreign price level is increasing rapidly, then the home price must follow if we are to maintain the fixed E.  Imported Inflation

32 Implication of PPP (cont’d) With flexible rates, E is free to vary so that even when P*^ > 0, P^ can be zero by letting E^ = - P*^, or letting the home currency to appreciate by the same amount as the foreign inflation rate.

33 Views based on MABOP BOP disequilibria are essentially monetary phenomena. Devaluation is a substitute for reducing the growth of domestic credit. Appreciation is a substitute for increasing domestic credit growth.


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