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Seigniorage in a neoclassical economy: some computational results

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  • Joseph H. Haslag
  • Joydeep Bhattacharya

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In this paper, we consider a government that executes a permanent open market sale. The government is forced to eventually use money creation to pay for the debt's expenses, choosing between changing either the money growth rate (the inflation-tax rate) or the reserve requirement ratio (the inflation-tax base). We first derive conditions under which each of the two second-best alternative policies are feasible in an economy with neoclassical production. Armed with these conditions, we ask the following question: Which monetary policy action is better in a welfare sense? With neoclassical production, monetary policy potentially has long-run effects on the capital stock and the marginal product of capital. The curvature of the production function is crucial. The computational experiments show, somewhat surprisingly, that a permanent increase in government bonds is financed by either lower reserve requirements or faster money growth. Accordingly, steady-state welfare for all generations is higher under the reserve-requirement policy.

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Paper provided by Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas in its series Working Papers with number 9901.

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Keywords: Economics ; Monetary policy ; Monetary theory ; Bank reserves;

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  1. Marco Espinosa-Vega & Steven Russell, 1999. "A public finance analysis of multiple reserve requirements," Working Paper 99-19, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.
  2. Joydeep Bhattacharya & Joseph H. Haslag, 1999. "Monetary policy arithmetic: some recent contributions," Economic and Financial Policy Review, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, issue Q III, pages 26-36.
  3. Vladimir Z. Nuri, 2002. "Fractional Reserve Banking as Economic Parasitism: A Scientific, Mathematical & Historical Expose, Critique, and Manifesto," Macroeconomics 0203005, EconWPA.

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