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Optimality of the Friedman Rule in an Overlapping Generations Model with Spatial Separation

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  • JOSEPH H. HASLAG
  • ANTOINE MARTIN

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Recent models with spatial separation and limited communication suggest that the Friedman rule may not be optimal. This is important in light of the disparity between theory and practice concerning optimal monetary policy. We take a close look at these models and show that intergenerational transfers are key to the suboptimality of the Friedman rule. The Friedman rule is a necessary condition for achieving the efficient allocation in equilibrium. We also show that the Friedman rule is chosen whenever agents can implement mutually beneficial arrangements. Copyright 2007 The Ohio State University.

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Article provided by Blackwell Publishing in its journal Journal of Money, Credit and Banking.

Volume (Year): 39 (2007)
Issue (Month): 7 (October)
Pages: 1741-1758

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Handle: RePEc:mcb:jmoncb:v:39:y:2007:i:7:p:1741-1758

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  1. Joydeep Bhattacharya & Joseph H. Haslag & Antoine Martin, 2007. "Why does overnight liquidity cost more than intraday liquidity?," Staff Reports 281, Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
  2. Eisei Ohtaki, 2014. "Asymmetric liquidity shocks and optimal monetary policy," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 34(2), pages 1068-1080.
  3. Joseph H. Haslag & Joydeep Bhattacharya & Antoine Martin, 2007. "Money, output and the payment system: Optimal monetary policy in a model with hidden effort," Working Papers 0704, Department of Economics, University of Missouri.
  4. Aleksander Berentsen & Carlo Strub, 2008. "Central Bank Design with Heterogeneous Agents," IEW - Working Papers 365, Institute for Empirical Research in Economics - University of Zurich.
  5. Tarishi Matsuoka, 2011. "Temporary Bubbles and Discount Window Policy," KIER Working Papers 802, Kyoto University, Institute of Economic Research.
  6. Tarishi Matsuoka, 2010. "Imperfect Interbank Markets and the Lender of Last Resort," KIER Working Papers 731, Kyoto University, Institute of Economic Research.

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