# Rational Contagion and the Globalization of Securities Markets

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Chen Yuting

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9 years ago

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Abstract

Presentation with equations

Author

Chen Yuting

Last Updated

9 years ago

License

Creative Commons CC BY 4.0

Abstract

Presentation with equations

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\title{Rational Contagion and the Globalization of Securities Markets}
\author{Calvo and Mozenda}
\date{\today}
\begin{document}
\begin{frame}
\titlepage
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\begin{frame}
\frametitle{Outline}
\tableofcontents
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\section{Overview}
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\frametitle{Overview}
\begin{itemize}
\item Financial integration to some extent can promote contagion (herding) behaviour by reducing the incentives to gather information
\item Constraints on short-selling can also exacerbate these behaviour
\item Simulations show that these frictions have significant implications for capital flows in emerging markets
\end{itemize}
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\section{Model}
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\frametitle{Model}
The expected indirect utility of an investor is
\begin{equation}
E(\theta)=\mu(\theta)-\frac{\gamma}{2}\sigma(\theta)^{2}-\kappa-\lambda(\mu(\Theta)-\mu(\theta))
\end{equation}
where $\gamma$ and $\kappa$ are positive and
\begin{itemize}
\item $\mu(\theta)$ is mean of the portfolio return with $\theta$ wealth on J-1 countries
\item $\sigma(\theta)$ is standard deviation of portfolio return
\item $\gamma$ is the coefficient of absolute risk aversion
\item $\lambda(\mu(\Theta)-\mu(\theta))$ is the performance cost (benefits) for obtaining portfolio return below (above) market return
\end{itemize}
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\frametitle{Model}
Under fixed information costs, the model prediction is
\begin{itemize}
\item above a threshold, as the number of integrated countries (J) rises, the incentives to gather information is diminishing and the impact of unverified rumors assigned to a single country rises without bound.
\item Global market volatility rises as J increases, resulting in a larger proportional effects on capital flows.
\end{itemize}
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\frametitle{Model}
The assumptions
\begin{itemize}
\item The initial condition is that country i is identical to the rest (returns and standard deviations are the same) and asset returns are uncorrelated. An investor has 1 unit of wealth, which is allocated to each of the J countries equally. Portfolio mean=$\rho$ and portfolio variance=$\frac{\sigma^2}{J}$
\item The rumor is that country I's return $r<=r^*$ and the true return $r^*=\rho$. Investor can pay $\kappa$ to verify the rumor (informed) and he will believe the rumor (uninformed) if he does not pay the cost.
\item If the investor is uninformed, he chooses to maximize
\begin{equation}
EU^U=\theta^U\rho+(1-\theta^U)r-\frac{\gamma}{2}[\frac{(\theta^U)^2}{J-1}+(1-\theta^U)^2]\sigma^2
\end{equation}
\end{itemize}
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\frametitle{Model}
\begin{itemize}
\item Assuming internal solutions exist, the optimal portfolio is
\begin{equation}
\theta^U=(\frac{J-1}{J})[1+\frac{\rho-r}{\gamma\theta^2}]
\end{equation}
\item Short-selling constraints: $-a<=\theta<=b$, where$a>=0$ and $b>=1$
\end{itemize}
Therefore, $\theta^U=b$ if $r<=r^{min}$ and $\theta^U=-a$ if $r>=r^{max}$, where
$r^{min}=\rho-\frac{\gamma\sigma^2[J(b-1)+1]}{J-1}$ and $r^{max}=\rho+\frac{\gamma\sigma^2[J(a+1)-1]}{J-1}$ and as J goes to infinity, the interval that supports internal solutions shrinks
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\frametitle{Model}
\begin{itemize}
\item If the investor chooses to pay a cost and verify the rumor, so that the variance of return of country I is eliminated, the maximizes
\begin{equation}
EU^I=\theta^I\rho+(1-\theta^I)r^I-\frac{\gamma}{2}[\frac{(\theta^I)^2}{J-1}]\theta^2-\kappa
\end{equation}
\item Internal solution $\theta^I(r^I)=(J-1)[\frac{\rho-r^I}{\gamma\sigma^2}]$
\item Coner solution $\theta^I=a$ id $r^{I(max)}$ and $\theta^U=b$ if $r<=r^{I(min)}$ %double check!!!
where $r^{I(max)}=\rho+\frac{a\gamma\sigma^2}{J-1}$ and $r^{I(min)}=\rho-\frac{b\gamma\sigma^2}{J-1}$
\item The value of information is $S=EU^I-EU^U$
\end{itemize}
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\frametitle{Model}
Proposition 1
For any 'pessimistic' rumor such that 1) short-selling constraints are non-binding 2) $r<=\rho$; S is decreasing in J if the number of countries in the global market is $J>\frac{1}{1-[F(\rho)(b^2-a^2 )+a^2]^(1/2) }$ (It is sufficient condition). It is notable that S decreases with J at a declining rate so that S converges to a constant level as J goes to infinity.
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\begin{frame}
\frametitle{Model}
Performance-based incentives
Utility of a representative manager is
\begin{equation}
\begin{split}
EU(\theta)=\theta\rho+(1-\theta)\rho-\lambda(\mu(\Theta)-\mu(\theta))-\frac{\gamma}{2}[\frac{(\theta\sigma_J)^2}{J-1}\\
+((1-\theta)\sigma_i)^2+2\sigma_J\sigma_i\theta(1-\theta)\eta]
\end{split}
\end{equation}
In this equation,
\begin{itemize}
\item $\lambda>0$ if $\mu(\Theta)>\mu(\theta)$, which indicates a punishment
\item $\lambda<=0$ if $\mu(\Theta)<\mu(\theta)$, which indicates a reward
\end{itemize}
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\begin{frame}
\frametitle{Model}
Proposition 2: If in the neighborhood of the optimal portfolio $\theta^*$ corresponding to an investor free of performance incentives, the marginal cost (gain) of deviating from the mean return of the market portfolio $\mu(\Theta)$ is sufficiently large (small), then there exists a range of global, rational-expectations equilibria of individual portfolio allocations $\theta$, such that $\theta=\Theta$
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\frametitle{Model}
Proposition 3: The range of contagion equilibria, defined by values of $\Theta$ in the interval $\theta^{low}<\Theta<\theta^{up}$, for which proposition 2 holds, widens as the global market grows (i.e. $\theta^{up}-\theta^{low}$ is increasing in J).
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\section{Numerical Simulations}
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\frametitle{Numerical Simulations}
Stylized facts and benchmark calibration
\begin{itemize}
\item Global portfolios and statistical moments of asset returns. Plugged various estimates of the mean and variance-covariance structure of asset returns and different sources of global portfolios in the resulting expression (Equation 17 in the paper to prove Proposition 2), $\gamma$ ranges between 0 to 0.5 and 0.25 is chosen
\item Indicators of information and their impacts on asset returns assessments. Use credit ratings of countries (CCR) constructed by international banks for lending operations (compiled and published every 6 months). Assuming normal distributions of variables involved, and standard homogeneity assumptions across country elements in the panel, the moments that describe these distributions are, Erb et. al (1996)
\end{itemize}
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\begin{frame}
$E[r^I_h]=\alpha^\mu+\beta^{\mu}E[ln(CCR_h)]$
$E[\sigma^I_h]=\alpha^{sd}+\beta^{sd}E[ln(CCR_h)]$
$\sigma^I_{rh}=(\beta^\mu)^2VAR[ln(CCR_h)]+(\sigma^\mu_u)^2$
$\sigma^I_\sigma=(\beta^{sd})^2VAR[ln(CCR_h)]+(\sigma^{sd}_u)^2$
The above are used to calculate mean and variances of countries' returns
\end{frame}
\begin{frame}
Disincentive for information gathering
Case 1: truth-revealing information (costly information reveals the true asset return of country i). Other assumptions: 1) asset returns are uncorrelated b) ex-ante all countries are identical. Values of variables: (units: percent) $\rho=15.31$, $\sigma_J=22.44$ and $\sigma_i^I=6.46$ and J<=50. Plot \^S against J
Finding: 1) when the rumor is that returns of country i is less or equal to $\rho$, \^S is a decreasing function of r (decrease at declining rate) and converge to a constant 2) when the rumor is that returns of country i is the r high, \^S is a increasing function of r; 3) gains from the costly information is lower for the rumor of $r= \rho$
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\begin{frame}
Case 2: OECD information updates (cannot reveal true asset returns)
So, in this case, investors only learn updates of mean and variance of returns when the pay ?. It is calibrate to 'stable' OECD markets
$E(r^I)=15.18$, $E(\sigma_i^I)=21.81$, $\sigma_r^I=6.46$ and $\sigma_\sigma^I=1.84$ and ex-ante all countries are identical
Finding: 1) Neutral rumor $r=r*=\rho$, \^S falls to 1% for J=2 and 0.15% for J>=20; Significantly more reluctant to pay information costs; 2) Only when the rumor is very pessicmistic and integrated markets are not large, investors are willing to pay for larger information cost. When r=r min, \^S=32%, when J=2.
Allow for correlations, $\eta=0.35$ (the J-1 countries are uncorrelated), has smaller gains of information gathering: \^S=22%. Intuition: The assets in the world fund provide better diversification opportunities (since returns in these countries are uncorrelated), so it undermines the utilities to verify the rumor.
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\begin{frame}
Case 3: Segmented emerging markets. Most of the J-1 countries are also volatile emerging markets
$E(r^I )=33.12$, $E(\sigma_i^I)=34.57$, $\sigma_r^I=49.31$ and $\sigma_\sigma^I=14.04$,$r^*=\rho=31.21$, $\sigma_i =\sigma_J =50.03$
Findings 1) \^S does not converge to a constant, actually, it increase slightly as J>=200; 2) When $r=r^{min}$ and $r=\rho$, \^S still drops sharply as J increases and reaches minimum when J=58 ($r=\rho$)
Capital flows: A rumor that reduces expected return on Mexico equity from equity market forecast of 22.4% to 15.3% (OECD return) leads to share invested in Mexico from 1.7% to 0.7% (a reduction of 40%) and it leads to the outflow of $ 20 billion
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Performance costs
\begin{itemize}
\item The lower and upper bound of contagion region is delimited by the intersections of E\^U'$(1-\theta)$ and the marginal cost/gain lines
\item As the number of countries increases, the contagion region widens; the contagion region is maximized when there is no marginal gain
\item The contagion range is decreasing function of variances of returns of countries, but that effect dissipates as J>=10
\end{itemize}
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