Shaofeng Xu is a Senior Economist in the Monetary Policy and Financial Studies Division of the Canadian Economic Analysis Department. His research interests include macroeconomics, financial economics, and housing economics. Shaofeng holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Davis. He has an M.S. in Mathematics and a B.S. in Statistics.
Staff working papers
This paper studies the implications of model uncertainty for wealth distribution in a tractable general equilibrium model with a borrowing constraint and robustness à la Hansen and Sargent (2008). Households confront model uncertainty about the process driving the return of the risky asset, and they choose robust policies.
We document countercyclical corporate saving behavior with the degree of countercyclicality varying nonmonotonically with firm size. We then develop a dynamic stochastic general equilibrium model with heterogeneous firms to explain the pattern and study its implications for business cycles.
This paper examines the effects of time-varying volatility on welfare. I construct a tractable endogenous growth model with recursive preferences, stochastic volatility, and capital
This paper examines the relationship between volatility shocks and preference shocks in an analytically tractable endogenous growth model with recursive preferences and stochastic volatility. I show that there exists an explicit mapping between volatility shocks and preference shocks, and a rise in volatility generates the same impulse responses of macroeconomic aggregates as a negative preference shock.
This paper examines the welfare cost of rare housing disasters characterized by large drops in house prices. I construct an overlapping generations general equilibrium model with recursive preferences and housing disaster shocks.
This paper examines the contributions of population aging, mortgage innovation and historically low interest rates to the sharp rise in U.S. house prices and mortgage debt between 1994 and 2005.
- “Volatility Risk and Economic Welfare”,
Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Vol. 80, 2017, 17-33.
- “Interpreting Volatility Shocks as Preference Shocks”,
Economics Letters, Vol. 149, 2016, 135-140.
- “On the Welfare Cost of Rare Housing Disasters”,
Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Vol. 69, 2016, 301-318.
- “Transport Economies of Scale and Firm Location”,
Mathematical Social Sciences, Vol. 66, No. 3, 2013, 337-345.
- “On the Ramified Optimal Allocation Problem”,
(with Qinglan Xia), Networks and Heterogeneous Media, Vol. 8, No. 2, 2013, 591-624.
- “The Exchange Value Embedded in a Transport System”,
(with Qinglan Xia), Applied Mathematics and Optimization, Vol. 62, No. 2, 2010, 229-252.