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1 The New Financial Order: Risk in the 21 st Century Prof. Robert J. Shiller Yale University

2 Outline 1.Technological progress and the democratization of finance 2.The largest economic risks facing us in coming decades and the prospect of Intolerable inequality 3.Six ideas for a new financial order 4.A Model of radical financial innovation

3 1. Technological Progress and the Democratization of Finance

4 Progress in Finance Theory of diversification and pooling Theory of moral hazard and how to limit it Theory of derivatives pricing Behavioral finance

5 Behavioral Finance Psychological framing –Framing of gains versus losses, Kahneman and Tverskys Prospect Theory, Econometrica 1979 –Framing of ones self image, Sherman JPSS Psych. Lab student and volunteeers Anchoring Risk as feelings Desire for consistency and cognitive dissonance Reciprocity and ultimatum game

6 Progress in Information Technology Database technology Technology of exchange Identification devices Encryption devices Decline of underground economy Increased complexity and enforceability of contracts

7 Democratization of Finance Financial services once offered only to wealthy will be widely available –Online auctions –Online brokerages –Personal finance sites –Automation of tax collection

8 2. The Largest Risks Facing Us in Coming Decades and the Prospect of Intolerable inequality

9 Lack of Public Appreciation of Long-Term Economic Risks Little talk of long-term risks to standard of living Inequality around the world stands is dismissed as example of risk Human tendency to see economic outcome as proof of self worth Belief in a Just World: A Fundamental Delusion Melvin Lerner, 1980

10 Winner-Take-All Stars created by movies, phonographs, television Advanced information technology may do the same for many occupations

11 Automation and Robotics Spreadsheets replace accountants Industrial robots replace assembly line workers Fruit picking machines replace agricultural labor Computers replace translators Detection devices replace police

12 Risks of Globalization Astonishing level of inequality across nations Communications technology: declining cost of telephones, introduction of , teleconferencing, reduce international barriers Multinational corporations English language

13 Uncertainty of Future Extent of future inequality is unknown The fact that inequality hasnt sharply worsened since the Luddites is no proof it wont happen in next century Risks are still insurable

14 3. Six Ideas for a New Financial Order

15 I. Insurance on Livelihoods and Home Equity Replaces life insurance in dealing with largest risks Livelihood insurance: long-term policies based on occupational indexes Repeated measures occupational indexes: Robert Shiller and Ryan Schneider Rev. Income and Wealth 1998 Powerful impact on conservatism in lifes decisions, makes for more risk taking

16 Risks to values of homes greater than risks by fire Oak Park Illinois, 1977 Chicago Home Equity Assurance Program 1988 Index-based insurance, Shiller and Weiss 1994 Yale-Syracuse-NRC program, 2002

17 II. Macro Markets Long-term (perpetual) claims on major income flows, Shiller Macro Markets 1993 Short ones own country, investing in world World portfolio (Athanasoulis and Shiller Rev. Fin. Studies 2000)

18 Riskiness of Long-Term Claims on Incomes Based on autoregression, data , standard deviation of price change for GDPs is about half that of the stock market Occupational incomes, incomes by individual characteristic, riskier Digital revolution, robotics, suggest higher uncertainty in the future

19 GDP Warrants GDP warrants grew out of oil price warrants issued as part of Brady-Bond refinancing for Mexico, Venezuela, and Nigeria Bulgaria issues warrants on GDP as part of Brady-Bond refinancing, 1994 Bulgarian warrants, inseparable from discount bonds, have not created salient price discovery for claims on Bulgarian GDP

20 Bulgaria GDP Warrants Data Surveillance Citibank, 1994, Brady Bond underwriter, specified that GDP numbers would come from World Bank World Bank mission in Bulgaria is able to do some verification of GDP numbers Econometric models predicting GDP based on observables could enhance surveillance Observables are growing with information economy

21 Perpetual Futures (Shiller, Macro Markets, 1993) Perpetual futures create both long and short sides of a perpetual claim on an indexed cash flow Daily cash settlement equals excess return between instrument that pays dividend proportional to index and riskless rate r:

22 Economic Derivatives Market Goldman Sachs-Deutsche Bank First Auction, October 2002, Nonfarm payroll Auctions in ISM Index, IFO Index planned Parimutuel Digital Call Auction (PDCA) Longitude, Inc., New York

23 Macro Securities US patent #5,987,435 with Allan Weiss (Case Shiller Weiss, Inc.) would to create securities based on income aggregates or real estate prices in present environment Macro securities issued and redeemed by exchange only in pairs, one long and one short. Each member of pair has a cash account made proportional to some economic index by reallocating across accounts Each Macro pays dividends equal to interest on their cash account (NAV). Price of Macro should in equilibrium reflect market valuation of claim on cash flow

24 Case-Shiller Chicago Home Price Index and Macro Prices Monthly

25 Case-Shiller San Francisco Home Price Index and Macro Prices Monthly to

26 III. Income-Linked Loans Milton Friedman, Capitalism and Freedom 1962: shares in future earnings, but feared irrational public condemnation But such loans should be based partly on income indexes, to reduce moral hazard

27 Michelin GDP-Linked Loan Swiss Re New Markets and Societe Generale create bank and insurance company syndication for Compagnie Financiere Michelin, 2000 $1 billion 12-year subordinated loan facilities, with option to draw should GDP growth in Michelins main markets decline to specified levels

28 Income-Linked Personal Loans Yale Tuition Postponement Option Yale Law School Career Options Assistance Program 1988-today, Vishaq Garg and Raza Kahn David Bowie bonds, David Pullman 1997

29 IV Inequality Insurance Framing change: redefine progressive tax system by Fixing after-tax Lorenz curve Each individuals tax is the change in the after- tax Lorenz curve between that individual and the next, times national income Effectively, automatic changes in marginal tax rates to fix the level of income inequality Possible great importance should inequality deteriorate more with new technology

30 V. Intergenerational Social Security Social security should share risks between generations. Present system indexes retirees benefits to CPI, thereby pushing all risks to the working young Analogy to the family Ball & Mankiw, DeMange & Laroque, etc. Divide up national income between generations in such a way that retirees who contributed more get more.

31 VI. International Agreements for Risk Control International agency such as World Bank would arrange very-long-term swaps among countries for GDP risks Could take form of parallel (back to back) loan agreements, indexed to GDPs Need to make long-term risk management a part of language and agenda of international agreements

32 Antecedents to Risk-Sharing International Agreements EU Structural Fund and Cohesion Fund Commonwealth of Nations informal aid conventions

33 4. A Model of Radical Financial Innovation

34 Radical Financial Innovation Example: Life Insurance Invented in 1600s with notion of probability, life tables, slow to take hold among public Morris Robinson Mutual Life of NY 1840: highly- paid salesmen Henry Hyde Equitable Life Assurance Society 1880s: large cash value Viviana Zelizer: challenging God and tempting fate

35 Radical Financial Innovation Example: Altersversicherung Extensive public discussion of inequality Principle of insurance (Gustav Schmoller) Role of new information technology After favorable outcome, imitation around the world

36 Risk Manifestation Public does not focus attention on big risks Leadership must direct attention to risks Data must be refined and delivered to measure risks better Macro markets will add salience to risks Marketing campaigns that focus on risks

37 Robust Reframing Importance of psychological framing –Altersversicherung 1889 –Social Security contributions 1934 –Portfolio Insurance 1980 Framing must be done correctly, so that changes are not needed later

38 Experimentation Full consequences of economic inventions cannot be foretold Takes many years to evaluate Need to copy others inventions; many financial innovations occurred in times of stress or in less developed world (e. g. Futures markets in Tokugawa Japan, indexed units of account in high-inflation Chile)

39 Involvement of Existing Institutions to Promote Change Insurance companies Exchanges and investment banks Banks Databanks and econometrics firms Governments Pension plans Labor unions Professional organizations Benevolent organizations

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