Inflation and Welfare in Long‐Run Equilibrium with Firm Dynamics
AbstractWe analyze the welfare cost of inflation in a model with cash-in-advance constraints and an endogenous distribution of establishments' productivities. Inflation distorts aggregate productivity through firm entry dynamics. The model is calibrated to the United States economy and the long-run equilibrium properties are compared at low and high inflation. We find that, when the period over which the cash-in-advance constraint is binding is one quarter, an annual inflation rate of 10 percent leads to a decrease in the steady-state average productivity of roughly 0.5 percent compared to the optimum's steady-state. This decrease in productivity is not innocuous: it leads to a doubling of the welfare cost of inflation.
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Volume (Year): 43 (2011)
Issue (Month): 5 (08)
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- Alexandre Janiak & Paulo Santos Monteiro, 2009. "Inflation and welfare in long-run equilibrium with firm dynamics," Documentos de Trabajo 261, Centro de Economía Aplicada, Universidad de Chile.
- Janiak, Alexandre & Monteiro, Paulo Santos, 2009. "Inflation and welfare in long-run equilibrium with firm dynamics," The Warwick Economics Research Paper Series (TWERPS) 910, University of Warwick, Department of Economics.
- Janiak, Alexandre & Monteiro, Paulo Santos, 2009. "Inflation and Welfare in Long-Run Equilibrium with Firm Dynamics," IZA Discussion Papers 4559, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
- E40 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - General
- E50 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - General
- L16 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Industrial Organization and Macroeconomics; Macroeconomic Industrial Structure
- O40 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity - - - General
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- Inflation and Welfare in Long-Run Equilibrium with Firm Dynamics
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- Henning Weber, 2012. "The Optimal Inflation Rate and Firm-Level Productivity Growth," Kiel Working Papers 1773, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.
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