Elastic Attention, Risk Sharing, and International Comovements
HKIMR Working Paper No.26/2015
49 Pages Posted: 19 Dec 2015
Date Written: December 17, 2015
In this paper we examine the effects of elastic information-processing capacity (or elastic attention) proposed in Sims (2010) on international consumption and income correlations in a tractable small open economy (SOE) model with exogenous income processes. We find that in the presence of capital mobility in financial markets, elastic attention due to a fixed information-processing cost lowers international consumption correlations by generating heterogeneous consumption adjustments to income shocks across countries facing different macroeconomic uncertainty. In addition, we show that elastic attention can also improve the model's predictions for other key moments of the joint dynamics of consumption and income. Finally, we show that the main conclusions of our benchmark model do not change in an extension with capital accumulation.
Keywords: Rational Inattention, Elastic Capacity, Risk Sharing, International Consumption Correlations
JEL Classification: D83, E21, F41, G15
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