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Incomplete Markets and the Output-Inflation Tradeoff

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  • Ragot, Xavier
  • Challe, Edouard
  • Algan, Yann

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This paper analyses the e¤ects of money shocks on macroeconomic aggregates within a flexible price, incomplete markets environment that generates persistent wealth inequalities amongst agents. In this framework, unexpected money shocks redistribute wealth from the cash-rich employed to the cash-poor unemployed and induce the former to increase labour supply in order to maintain their desired levels of consumption and precautionary savings. The reduced-form dynamics of the model is a textbook output-inflation tradeoff equation, whereby inflation shocks raise current output. The limiting impact of mean inflation and money growth persistence on this non neutrality mechanism are also examined.

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Paper provided by Paris Dauphine University in its series Economics Papers from University Paris Dauphine with number 123456789/4076.

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Keywords: Incomplete markets; borrowing constraints; short-run non-neutrality;

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  1. Takashi Kamihigashi, 2013. "An Order-Theoretic Approach to Dynamic Programming: An Exposition," Discussion Paper Series DP2013-29, Research Institute for Economics & Business Administration, Kobe University, revised Nov 2013.
  2. Takashi Kamihigashi, 2012. "Elementary Results on Solutions to the Bellman Equation of Dynamic Programming: Existence, Uniqueness, and Convergence," Discussion Paper Series DP2012-31, Research Institute for Economics & Business Administration, Kobe University.
  3. Francesco Lippi & Stefania Ragni & Nicholas Trachter, 2013. "State Dependent Monetary Policy," EIEF Working Papers Series 1324, Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF), revised Sep 2013.
  4. Edouard Challe & Xavier Ragot, 2010. "Aggregate Consumption in Times of Crisis: The Role of Financial Frictions -super-1," CESifo Economic Studies, CESifo, vol. 56(4), pages 627-648, December.

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