Papers                      Discussions

 

Is sofr better than libor?, (March 2019)

A model is developed to study the transition from LIBOR to SOFR.

 

The two-pillar policy for the rmb, (March 2019, with Bin Wei and Vivian Yue)

We document Chinas recent exchange rate policy and estimate a model capturing financial markets’ views about that policy.

 

Bitcoin and cagan’s model of hyperinflation, (February 2018)

The drivers of Bitcoin’s price fluctuations are studied within a framework based on Cagan’s model of hyperinflation.

 

Should the U.S. Government Issue Floating Rate Notes?, joint with Jonathan Hartley (revised July 2019)

The role of FRNs is examined from the perspective of optimal government debt management.

 

Negative Swap Spreads and Limited Arbitrage, SLIDES, (revised, December 2018, forthcoming Review of Financial Studies)

Since October 2008 fixed rates for interest rate swaps with a thirty year maturity have been mostly below treasury rates with the same maturity. This paper presents a model for pricing long-term interest rate swaps where frictions for holding bonds limit arbitrage.

 

Financial Markets' Views about the Euro-Swiss Franc Floor, (2017, Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Vol 49 Issue 2-3, 553-565)

Exchange rates and option prices incorporate market participants’ views about the credibility and the effects of exchange rate targets. I present a model to determine exchange rates under policy targets that can be used to price options. The model is estimated with Euro-Swiss Franc exchange rate and options price data.

Appendix

Forecasting the Outcome of the Swiss Gold Initiative, (November 16, 2014); UPDATE: Nov 24

 

Sticky Leverage, joint with Joao Gomes and Lukas Schmid (2016, American Economic Review, Volume 106 No 12, December, 38003828)

We develop a tractable general equilibrium model that captures the interplay between nominal long term corporate debt, inflation, and real aggregates.

 

Interest Rate Swaps and Corporate Default, joint with Vivian Y. Yue (forthcoming Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control)

            This paper studies firms' usage of interest rate swaps to manage risk in a model economy driven by aggregate productivity shocks, inflation shocks, and counter-cyclical idiosyncratic productivity risk.

 

A Production-Based Model for the Term Structure, SLIDES, (2013, Journal of Financial Economics, Volume 109, August, 293–306)

            This paper considers the term structure of interest rates implied by a production-based asset pricing model in which the fundamental drivers are investment in equipment and structures as well as inflation.

 

Paying More Attention to Financial Shocks, joint with V. Quadrini (September 2009); VOX article describing some of our recent research

 

Macroeconomic Effects of Financial Shocks, Appendix, joint with V. Quadrini (2012, American Economic Review, 102(1): 238–271)
We develop a model with debt and equity financing to explore how the dynamics of real and financial variables are affected by `financial shocks'.

 

Financial Innovations and Macroeconomic Volatility, joint with V. Quadrini (April 2009)
The volatility of U.S. business cycles has declined in the last two decades. In this paper we document that, contrary to this, during the same period firms' financial flows have become more volatile. Within a model with financial markets frictions we then investigate the role played by financial innovations.

 

The Equity Premium Implied by Production, SLIDES, (2010, Journal of Financial Economics 98, 279-296)
This paper studies the determinants of the equity premium as implied by producers' first-order conditions.

 

Stock Market Boom and the Productivity Gains of the 1990s, joint with V. Quadrini, (2007, Journal of Monetary Economics, 413-432)
Together with a sense of entering a New Economy, the US experienced in the second half of the 1990s an economic expansion, a stock market boom, a financing boom for new firms and productivity gains. In this paper, we propose an interpretation of these events within a general equilibrium model with financial frictions and decreasing returns to scale in production.

 

Using Asset Prices to Measure the Persistence of the Marginal Utility of Wealth, joint with F. Alvarez, (Econometrica, November 2005, 1977-2016 )
We derive a lower bound for the size of the permanent component of investors' marginal utility of wealth, or more generally, asset pricing kernels. The bound is based on return properties of long-term zero-coupon bonds, risk-free bonds, and other risky securities.

 

Using Asset Prices to Measure the Cost of Business Cycles, joint with F. Alvarez, (Journal of Political Economy, December 2004, 1223-56)
We measure the cost of consumption fluctuations using an approach that does not require the specification of preferences and instead uses asset prices.

 

Quantitative Asset Pricing Implications of Endogenous Solvency Constraints joint with F. Alvarez, (Review of Financial Studies, Winter 2001, 1117-1152)
We study the asset pricing implications of an economy where solvency constraints are determined to efficiently deter agents from defaulting.

 

EFFICIENCY, EQUILIBRIUM, AND ASSET PRICING WITH RISK OF DEFAULT, joint with F. Alvarez, ( Econometrica, July 2000 , 775-797)
We introduce a new equilibrium concept and study its efficiency and asset pricing implications for the environment analyzed by Kehoe and Levine (1993) and Kocherlakota (1996). Our equilibrium concept has complete markets and endogenous solvency constraints. These solvency constraints prevent default at the cost of reducing risk sharing.

 

International Portfolio Diversification and Endogenous Labor Supply Choice, (European Economic Review, June 1998, 1141-1172)
This paper presents a multi-country general equilibrium model driven by productivity shocks, where labor supply and consumption are chosen endogenously. We use this framework to study the effect of labor supply for optimal international diversification.

 

Household Production and the Excess Sensitivity Consumption to Current Income, joint with M. Baxter (American Economic Review, September 1999)
Empirical research on the permanent income hypothesis (PIH) has found that consumption growth is excessively sensitive to predictable changes in income. This finding is interpreted as strong evidence against the PIH. We propose an explanation for apparent excess sensitivity that is based on a quantitative equilibrium version of Becker's (1965) model of household production.

 

Asset Pricing in Production Economies, (Journal of Monetary Economics, April 1998, 257-275)
This paper studies asset returns in the one-sector real business cycle model with habit formation preferences and capital adjustment costs.

 

Asset Pricing in Production Economies", from Economic fluctuations and asset returns, ( revised: May, 1994)

 

Nontraded Goods, Nontraded Factors, and International Non-Diversification, with M. Baxter and R. G. King, Journal of International Economics, April 1998, 211-229

Appendix to: The International Diversification Puzzle is Worse Than You Think (American Economic Review, March 1997, 170-180)

 

Discussions/Presentations

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