Who Is Afraid Of The Friedman Rule?
Abstract"We explore the connection between optimal monetary policy and heterogeneity among agents in a standard monetary economy with two types of agents where the stationary distribution of money holdings is nondegenerate. Sans type-specific fiscal policy, we show that the zero-nominal-interest rate policy (the Friedman rule) does not maximize type-specific welfare; it may not maximize aggregate ex ante social welfare either. Indeed, one or, more surprisingly, both types may benefit if the central bank deviates from the Friedman rule. "("JEL "E31, E51, E58) Copyright (c) 2007 Western Economic Association International.
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- Joydeep Bhattacharya & Joseph Haslag & Antoine Martin & Rajesh Singh, 2005. "Who is afraid of the Friedman rule?," Staff Reports 208, Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
- Bhattacharya, Joydeep & Haslag, Joseph & Martin, Antoine & Singh, Rajesh, 2004. "Who is Afraid of the Friedman Rule?," Staff General Research Papers 12213, Iowa State University, Department of Economics.
- Joseph H. Haslag & Joydeep Bhattacharya & Antoine Martin & Rajesh Singh, 2004. "Who is Afraid of the Friedman Rule?," Working Papers 0421, Department of Economics, University of Missouri, revised 21 Dec 2004.
- E31 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Price Level; Inflation; Deflation
- E51 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Money Supply; Credit; Money Multipliers
- E58 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Central Banks and Their Policies
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