Therefore demand for investment becomes very interest inelastic. In , the credit crunch meant that banks were unable or unwilling to lend. Private investment is an increase in the capital stock such as buying a factory or machine. The marginal efficiency of capital MEC states the rate of return on an investment project. With higher rates, it is more expensive to borrow money from a bank.
Saving money in a bank gives a higher rate of return. Real interest rates and investment For firms, they will consider the real interest rate — which equals nominal interest rate — inflation. Borrowing money is more desirable as inflation will make it easier to pay it back. The accelerator theory states that investment is influenced by rates of change in economic growth. Availability of finance. The time it takes for an interest rate change to have its full effect will be longer the longer the period over which self-financed investors accumulate their savings in deposit form.
The approach taken here shows that the McKinnon-Shaw theses are mutually compatible and can be integrated into one framework. In their former capacity, deposits are a substitute for capital, but in their latter use they are complementary to capital.
If all investors follow the same pattern of asset accumulation over their planning horizons, then the relationship between deposits and capital is a function not only of relative rates of return but also of temporal considerations. Current deposits may thus be a substitute for current capital but a complement to future capital. Accordingly, demand for money may be negatively related to the current rate of return on capital but positively related to the expected future rate of return on capital.
The current supply of loans does not enter the money demand function because depositors and borrowers are distinct groups at any point in time. Money demand, however, is negatively related to the expected future loan supply, since a rise in this supply lowers the need for current accumulation of internal funds. The foregoing discussion highlights three important aspects of the saving-investment process in financially repressed economies.
Second, at the aggregate level, external financing possibilities are closely related to savings flows and, as a result, are also affected by interest rates. Investment spending may thus be affected by deposit rates both directly, through the competing or complementary asset effect, and indirectly, through the flow of loans. Finally, the analysis suggests that, in the presence of financial constraints, saving and investment decisions are intimately related and can be viewed as different stages of the same process.
Accordingly, any theory of saving behavior in financially repressed economies should also seek to take into account the investment motive. These findings point to some serious shortcomings of most empirical studies of the complementarity hypothesis. This problem may be most acute in cross-sectional studies because there may be large crosscountry variations in the rate of return on capital.
Another general shortcoming of the empirical literature is that it disregards the intertemporal aspects of the saving-investment process, which are central to the complementarity relationship. The McKinnon-Shaw models emphasize different aspects of the effects of interest rate liberalization in a financially repressed economy. McKinnon focused on the linkage between internally financed investment and the deposit rate, whereas Shaw highlighted the importance of financial deepening and external financing.
The two approaches complement each other because most projects are financed in part with own funds and in part with borrowings. This paper has illustrated how the two views can be integrated without altering their basic conclusions. The possibilities of substitution between current and future consumption and between different assets allow for a great variety of saving-investment patterns.
Negative real deposit rates may thus constitute a tax on saver-investors that decreases the amount of internally generated resources available for investment. The net effect of interest rate changes on aggregate investment then depends on the fraction of total investment that is financed by credit. The complementarity of deposits and physical capital is intertemporal, with current deposits intended to finance future investment.
This relationship implies that even if higher deposit rates discourage investment in the short run they may encourage it in the long run. Instantaneous portfolio shifts into deposits may have an immediate negative effect on investment, whereas the increase in the rate of accumulation of internal funds will result in increased investment only gradually. The latter response may be extremely sluggish in the presence of uncertainty about inflation.
If the government is not unequivocally committed to a policy of positive real deposit rates, the risk associated with accumulating savings in deposit form may outweigh any short-run interest rate advantage. Investors then know that unanticipated inflation may reduce the real value of nominally denominated assets quite rapidly, before they get a chance to switch to inflation hedges.
The findings of this paper underscore the need for both further theoretical and empirical research into the McKinnon-Shaw propositions. The theoretical model in Section I is adequate for demonstrating some of the implications of the complementarity hypothesis, but it is clearly too simple to give a realistic account of saving behavior in repressed economies.
Variables such as the demographic characteristics of the population, which are crucial determinants of aggregate saving behavior, can only be accounted for in a much more general, multiperiod framework. Such a framework would also allow a more rigorous treatment of the complementarity hypothesis.
For example, the number of years required for a saver to accumulate enough funds to satisfy the minimum capital requirement may be an important determinant of his propensity to save. The larger is this time requirement, the longer is the horizon over which the saver will have to anticipate the rate of return on capital, and the lower are the rewards from saving. It would be a useful exercise to extend the model presented here and to derive its implications for life-cycle saving decisions under alternative assumptions about utility function parameters, the structure of interest rates, and the demographic composition of the population for examples, see Tobin and Dolde and Summers The theoretical model presented here has suggested that interest rates affect expenditure-saving decisions through a complex and, possibly, very long lag.
Moreover, in the presence of inflationary uncertainty, the ex ante current real deposit rate may be a function of ex post past rates, further complicating this lag structure. Statistical tests of the complementarity hypothesis are thus likely to require long interest rate series, which may be unavailable for many developing countries. In view of the serious data limitations, it is perhaps most desirable to try to estimate reduced-form savings and investment equations rather than to attempt a determination of the precise transmission mechanism for interest rate changes.
More generally, time-series savings equations are unlikely to yield reliable coefficient estimates. Even for the U. One promising approach for future studies of investment and saving behavior may be to conduct simulations of theoretical models, with parameters that are based on micro-economic data. Abe S. Fry B. Min P. Vongvipanond and T. Akhtar M. Auerbach A. Boskin Michael J. S3 — S Fry Maxwell J. Gupta Kanhaya L. Howrey E. Philip and Saul H.
Jorgenson Dale W. Khatkhate Deena R. Leff Nathaniel H. McKinnon Ronald I. Mikesell Raymond F. Qureshi Zia M. Shaw Edward S. Summers Lawrence H. Sundararajan V. Tobin James and W. Vogel R. Shaw ed. Weber Warren E. Yoo Jang H. A detailed discussion of various rationales for a policy of low interest rates is given in Shaw , pp. For a survey of empirical studies on investment behavior in advanced countries, see Jorgenson Empirical studies on the interest sensitivity of savings and investment in developing countries were much more scarce until the early s, in part as a result of data limitations.
For discussions of the relevant literature, see Mikesell and Zinser and Leff Even though McKinnon described an extreme case of financial repression, with no possibilities of external finance, his argument is intuitively appealing under much more general circumstances. For example, in the U. External financing is typically available for only a fraction of the price of a house, and some savers may need a few years to accumulate sufficient funds for a downpayment.
For these savers, high money market rates may encourage accumulation of liquid assets for the purpose of buying a house. Even if higher rates do not generate more saving, they may increase investment by making more expensive houses affordable. Gupta , p. Van Wijnbergen , p. Fry , for example, asserts that complementarity is incompatible with the debt-intermediation view. Gupta also refers to the two hypotheses as competing theories, although he makes an attempt to integrate them in one empirical model.
Financial repression is defined to entail artificially low deposit and loan rates that give rise to excess demand for loans and to nonprice credit rationing McKinnon , Ch. This pattern of savings accumulation is by no means peculiar to financially repressed economies. Self-financing may be optimal even in economies with highly developed capital markets when borrowing rates are sufficiently high.
In principle, C 3 may be a random variable if there is uncertainty with respect to interest rates. Constraints 5 and 6 can then be interpreted to hold for expected values. The cases with and without risk will be considered separately in the following analysis. The model abstracts from taxes, and liquidity is not very important because the investor knows with certainty when he will be selling his assets.
Thus, the rates of return, which can be defined to be net of transaction and other related costs, ultimately determine which asset will be held. The implicit assumption here is that r d does not rise enough to overtake r k. The partial equilibrium framework here is not well suited to a rigorous treatment of this issue. The other side of negative real deposit rates may be artificially cheap credit.
The net effect of interest rate changes on capital formation, then, depends on how this subsidized credit is used. If borrowers allocate subsidized credit to investment spending exclusively, then low rates need not hamper capital formation. If, in contrast, credit finances consumer expenditures or capital flight, higher rates may be expected to promote domestic investment. Such general equilibrium considerations are outside the scope of this paper, but some of these issues are discussed informally in Section II.
An alternative way of modeling the borrowing constraint would be to assume a maximum debt-equity ratio. Although this might seem more plausible than a nominal ceiling on borrowing capacity, the latter has been chosen because it makes the algebra much more tractable. The model of this section is based on Tobin Vogel and Buser allow for three risky assets. Their one-period model, however, cannot adequately account for the conduit role of deposits.
For more detailed discussions of this type of investment theory, see Tobin and Brainard , and Tobin The possibility that the expansion of the operations of financial intermediaries may be associated with a decrease in investment spending in the short run has been extensively discussed by Tobin and Brainard and, more recently, by van Wijnbergen Vogel and Buser , p.
Money and capital cannot be complements when they are the only two assets held in the portfolio and when the constraint on total assets is fixed. Thus, it is not surprising that the complementarity hypothesis has been overlooked in growth models where money is grafted onto the economy as the second of only two assets.
However, the consideration of additional classes of assets introduces the possibility of limited complementarity. For McKinnon and Shaw, the additional assets considered are stores of goods or finished inventories labeled as inflation hedges. As was shown above, temporal considerations may account for complementarity between money and capital in the absence of any other assets.
The balance-sheet constraint that can be obtained by aggregating equation 5 over all individual savers implies that the aggregate demand for money can be determined as a residual once the aggregate savings and demand for capital functions have been determined. The balance-sheet constraint can also be used to determine the interrelationships among the partial derivatives of the savings and asset demand functions. A survey of some of these and of other relevant studies is also included in Gupta One possible reason for the exclusion of this variable may be the practical difficulties associated with its measurement.
For a survey of the theoretical and empirical issues relating to the measurement of the rate of return on capital in developing countries, see Leff Gupta , for example, estimated investment functions for a number of developing countries, including only current financial savings and the current interest rate as explanatory variables; a more appropriate specification would also seek to relate current investment to past financial savings and past rates of return on financial assets, in accordance with the theoretical model presented here.
Fry , p. He estimated this function by regressing money demand on the contemporaneous explanatory variables, a procedure that yielded a negative and statistically significant coefficient for the investment-income ratio. The sign of this coefficient was interpreted as evidence refuting the complementarity hypothesis. According to the model presented here, however, complementarity would imply a positive association between current demand for money and intended future investment. To the extent that investment is self-financed, current investment might be associated with a decumulation of money balances, making the above result compatible with the complementarity hypothesis.
In industrialized countries, interest rate increases may be associated with a negative wealth effect for holders of bonds and stocks. Deposits, however, are not subject to such risk of capital loss. Unlike more illiquid assets, deposits have a fixed current nominal worth that can be fully realized upon withdrawal. For a systematic analysis of how the effects of interest rates on investment depend on the debt-equity ratios of firms, see Sundararajan Such experiences were all too common in the hyperinflations that preceded and followed World War II in several European countries.
It is not surprising that, after seeing the value of paper assets reduced to practically nothing on various occasions, many Europeans are still reluctant to hold large sums of financial assets and have a special affinity for traditional inflation hedges such as gold. For a description of some of the pitfalls in the statistical estimation of aggregate consumption functions, see Summers User Account. IMF eLibrary. Advanced search Help. Kitts and Nevis St.
Lucia St. Public Health Health Policy. Print Citation Alert off. Get Code Buy. Research Dept. Islam expressly prohibits a fixed or predetermined return on financial transactions but allows uncertain rates of return deriving from risk-taking activities.
Consequently, a banking structure in which the return for the use of money fluctuates according to actual profits made from such use would be consistent with the precepts of Islam. The paper concludes that from an economic standpoint the principal difference between the Islamic and the traditional banking systems is not that one allows interest payments and the other does not. The more relevant distinction is that the Islamic system treats deposits as shares and accordingly does not guarantee their nominal value, whereas in the traditional system such deposits are guaranteed either by the banks or by the government.
Conclusions and Suggestions for Further Research. Show Summary Details U ntil the early s the economic literature on saving and investment mainly considered industrialized countries, with the common presumption being that the same analysis applied to developing countries.
A Microeconomic Model of Saving-Investment Behavior A three-period life-cycle model of consumption with no bequests is developed in this section. Table 1. The Case of Certainty In this case investors are, or act as if they were, certain about the rates of return that they will realize on all assets and liabilities. Table 2. Note: Rates for country A are those on savings deposits; rates for country B are those on time deposits; all rates have been adjusted for inflation.
Source: International Monetary Fund , p. The Model with External Finance In this case the investor is assumed to be able to obtain one-period loans not exceeding L 1 and L 2 in the first and second periods, respectively. The Case of Uncertainty In general, the returns to capital and other assets may be associated with a great deal of uncertainty.
Extension and Macroeconomic Implications of the Model The foregoing analysis has highlighted the differing roles of deposits in the various stages of the process of wealth accumulation. Saving The aggregate savings function will reflect the behavior of the different types of depositors and borrowers described in Section I.
Investment Aggregating the demands for capital by the various types of asset holders described in the previous section yields. Conclusions and Suggestions for Further Research The McKinnon-Shaw models emphasize different aspects of the effects of interest rate liberalization in a financially repressed economy. Abe , S. Fry , B. Min , P. Vongvipanond , and T. Akhtar , M. Auerbach , A. Crossref Boskin , Michael J. Crossref Fry , Maxwell J. Gupta , Kanhaya L. Crossref Howrey , E.
Philip , and Saul H. Jorgenson , Dale W. Khatkhate , Deena R. Crossref Leff , Nathaniel H. McKinnon , Ronald I. Mikesell , Raymond F. Qureshi , Zia M. Shaw , Edward S. Summers , Lawrence H. Sundararajan , V. Tobin , James , and W. Vogel , R.
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The government can also incentivize savings and investment in a number of ways. The most common way of doing so is by adjusting tax rates. Governments offer individuals and firms who take the action it desires. For example, a government can offer a tax break to companies that are investing in a desirable area e.
It can also encourage savings through tax breaks. Roth IRAs are an instrument for saving for retirement that the US has made tax exempt under certain conditions. In the first example, the government uses tax reductions to encourage investment for companies. In the second, the government encourages saving by helping savers earn more of the interest they earn over time in the savings vehicle.
A country can impact its long-term growth by affecting human capital through education and healthcare investments. Both education and healthcare are important because they have short- and long-term costs, and significantly affect the level of human capital in an economy. If a country can set up its education and healthcare systems to maximize the growth of human capital, it can also significantly impact its long-term economic growth prospects.
Education economics studies economic issues related to education, such as the demand for education and the financial cost of education. It studies the relationship between schooling and the labor market. By making educational policies and spending money now, a country ensures that it will have the necessary human capital to expand its economy.
Human capital requires investment, but also provides economic returns. As education increases human capital increases, countries will also expect to see higher productivity, wages, and the GDP. As the number of years of education within a country increase, so does the per capita GDP. Economics is one field of study that researches the effectiveness of education policies.
Education policies are designed to cover all education fields from early childhood education through college graduate programs. Policies focus on school size, class size, school choice, tracking, teacher education and certification, teacher pay, teaching methods, curricular content, and graduation requirements. To ensure economic growth, a country must have strong education policies. Health economics is the branch of economics that focuses on issues relating to the efficiency, effectiveness, value, and behavior in the production and consumption of health and healthcare.
In this field, economists study the function of healthcare systems and public health-affecting behaviors. Health economics focuses on the following topics:. Although health is not directly related to human capital, it is obvious that without health and life human capital will be impacted negatively. Health policies are the decisions, plans, and actions that are undertaken in a country to achieve specific healthcare goals.
According to the World Health Organization, a successful health policy defines a vision for the future, it outlines national priorities regarding health, and it builds a consensus and informs the public. Health policies can have positive long-run effects on not only human capital, but also economic growth as a whole. Health policies are designed to educate society and improve the current and long-term health of a country. Examples of health policy topics include: vaccination policies, tobacco control, and pharmaceutical policies.
Determining the structure of the healthcare system private, public, regulated, etc. Property rights are theoretical constructs that determine how a resource is used and owned. Resources can be owned and used by governments, collective bodies, or individuals. There are four broad components of property rights. They are the right to:. Property usually refers to ownership and control over a good or resource. Ownership means that the entity or individual has the rights to the proceeds of the output that the property generates.
Property rights are determined based on the level of transaction costs associated with the rights. The transaction costs are the costs of defining, monitoring, and enforcing the property rights. The four types of property rights are:. For any good, property rights must be monitored and the possession of the rights must be enforced.
The rights are put in place to control, monitor, and exclude the use of the stated property. Property rights protect not only land, but also goods, services, and finances associated with the land itself. Corruption impacts the private and public sectors because it increases the cost of doing business and distorts markets. The concept of property rights are closely related to the law in terms of defending the rights.
For example, suppose a thief steals a good. The thief has economic property right to the good because it is in his possession — he has the ability to use the good. However, the thief does not have legal property right to use the good — by law he is not permitted to have access to or use of the good.
Economics sets the property rights and the law is used to enforce the rights. Each of the four types of property rights differ in the amount of money and defense needed to ensure that the rights are upheld.
The greater the restrictions that property rights place, the more likely that defense of the rights will be needed. National parks in the United States are state property. Access and use of the park is controlled and enforced by the state. Free trade is a policy by which a government does not discriminate against imports or interfere with exports by applying tariffs to imports , subsidies to exports , or quotas.
According to the law of comparative advantage, the policy permits trading partners mutual gains from trade of goods and services. There are a number of barriers to free trade that governments can mitigate, most importantly, tariffs government imposed import taxes and quotas government imposed limits on the quantity of a good that can be imported.
Tariffs and quotas are explicit government policies that are designed to protect domestic producers, even if they are not the most efficient producers. Loss Due to Tariffs : There are a number of reasons why governments place tariffs or other barriers to free trade, but they necessarily reduce overall societal welfare.
Governments can promote free trade and impact economic growth. In addition to tariffs and quotas, there are a number of other barriers to free trade that countries use. Broadly, they are categorized as non-tariff barriers NTBs.
NTBs come in a variety of forms. One example of an NTB are product standard requirements. A country can set high quality standards for a product, knowing that not all foreign producers will be able to meet the standard. Another way that countries can implement NTBs is through customs procedures. Countries can force foreign exporters to fill out arduous paperwork over the course of months, and perhaps in a language the foreign producer does not speak.
NTBs act just like tariffs and quotas in that they are barriers to free trade. Countries that recognize the benefits for growth from promoting free trade can take unilateral, bilateral, or multilateral action to reduce some of these barriers to trade. Unilateral promotion of free trade is when a country decides to reduce its own trade barriers without any promise of action from its trading partners. This would lead to a reduction in import prices, but could be unpopular with domestic industries who are not afforded lower barriers in the countries with which they wish to trade.
Bilateral promotion of free trade is when two countries come to an agreement to reduce barriers together. This solves the problem of one country giving the benefit of reduced barriers to foreign exporters without any promise of similar benefits in return.
Multilateral promotion of free trade is when a group of countries agree to reduce their barriers together. Reducing barriers to free trade may be politically difficult, but due to the law of comparative advantage, will allow for increased overall surplus for each trading partner in the long run. A decrease in interest rates lowers the cost of borrowing, which encourages businesses to increase investment spending. Lower interest rates also give banks more incentive to lend to businesses and households, allowing them to spend more.
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