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Negative nominal interest rates: history and current proposals

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  • Cordelius Ilgmann

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  • Martin Menner

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Given the renewed interest in negative interest rates as a means for overcoming the zero bound on nominal interest rates, this article reviews the history of negative nominal interest rates and gives a brief survey over the current proposals that received popular attention in the wake of the financial crisis of 2007/08. It is demonstrated that ‘taxing money’ proposals have a long intellectual history and that instead of being the conjecture of a monetary crank, they are a serious policy proposal. In a second step the article points out that, besides the more popular debate on a Gesell tax as a means to remove the zero bound on nominal interest rates, there is a class of neoclassical search-models that advocates a negative tax on money as efficiency enhancing. This strand of the literature has so far been largely ignored by the policy debate on negative interest rates.

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Article provided by Springer in its journal International Economics and Economic Policy.

Volume (Year): 8 (2011)
Issue (Month): 4 (December)
Pages: 383-405

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Handle: RePEc:kap:iecepo:v:8:y:2011:i:4:p:383-405

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Keywords: Negative interest rates; History of economic thought; Silvio Gesell; Zero bound; Search–theoretical models; Monetary policy;

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  5. Belke, Ansgar & Klose, Jens, 2013. "Modifying Taylor reaction functions in the presence of the zero‐lower‐bound — Evidence for the ECB and the Fed," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 35(C), pages 515-527.

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