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On the recognizability of money

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  • Richard Dutu
  • Ed Nosal
  • Guillaume Rocheteau

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This paper develops a model of currency circulation under asymmetric information. Agents are heterogeneous and trade in bilateral matches. Coins are intrinsically valuable and are available in two weights, light and heavy. We characterize the equilibrium under complete information and under imperfect information about the quality of coins. We determine a set of conditions under which the two currencies circulate and are traded according to different terms of trade. We study how output, welfare, and the velocity of currency are affected by the recognizability of coins. We show that society's welfare increases as coins become more easily recognizable.

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Paper provided by Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland in its series Working Paper with number 0512.

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Date of creation: 2005
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Handle: RePEc:fip:fedcwp:0512

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