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Information Disclosure and Exchange Media

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  • David Andolfatto

    (Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis)

  • Fernando Martin

    (Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis)

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When commitment is lacking, intertemporal trade is facilitated with the use of exchange media--interpreted broadly to include monetary and collateral assets. We study the properties of a model commonly used to motivate monetary exchange, extended to include a physical asset whose expected short-run return is subject to a news shock, but whose expected long-run return is stable. The nondisclosure of news enhances the asset's property as an exchange medium, and generally improves social welfare. When a nondisclosure policy is infeasible, the framework admits a role for government debt, including fiat money. When lump-sum taxation is not permitted, fiat money may still improve welfare--but only if its circulation is supported by a cash-in-advance constraint. (Copyright: Elsevier)

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Article provided by Elsevier for the Society for Economic Dynamics in its journal Review of Economic Dynamics.

Volume (Year): 16 (2013)
Issue (Month): 3 (July)
Pages: 527-539

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Handle: RePEc:red:issued:11-139

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Keywords: Money; Collateral; News; Nondisclosure;

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