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Monetary Policy and the Financing of Firms

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  • Fiorella De Fiore
  • Pedro Teles
  • Oreste Tristani

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How should monetary policy respond to changes in financial conditions? We consider a simple model where firms are subject to shocks which may force them to default on their debt. Firms' assets and liabilities are nominal and predetermined. Monetary policy can therefore affect the real value of funds used to finance production. In this model, allowing for inflation volatility in response to aggregate shocks can be optimal; the optimal response to adverse financial shocks is to lower interest rates and to engineer some inflation; and the Taylor rule may implement allocations that have opposite cyclical properties to the optimal ones. (JEL G32, E31, E43, E44, E52)

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Article provided by American Economic Association in its journal American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics.

Volume (Year): 3 (2011)
Issue (Month): 4 (October)
Pages: 112-42

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Handle: RePEc:aea:aejmac:v:3:y:2011:i:4:p:112-42

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Cited by:
  1. Isabel Marques Gameiro & Carla Soares & João Sousa, 2011. "Monetary policy and financial stability: an open debate," Economic Bulletin and Financial Stability Report Articles, Banco de Portugal, Economics and Research Department.
  2. Pedro Teles & Oreste Tristani & Fiorella De Fiore & Isabel Correia, 2013. "Credit Spreads and the Zero Bound on Interest Rates," 2013 Meeting Papers 1124, Society for Economic Dynamics.
  3. Thepthida Sopraseuth & Eleni Iliopulos, 2012. "L'intermédiation financière dans l'analyse macroéconomique : le défi de la crise," Économie et Statistique, Programme National Persée, vol. 451(1), pages 91-130.
  4. Filippo Occhino & Andrea Pescatori, 2012. "Leverage, investment, and optimal monetary policy," Working Paper 1238, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.
  5. George A. Waters, 2011. "Quantity Rationing of Credit and the Phillips Curve," Working Paper Series 20111004, Illinois State University, Department of Economics.

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