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Money and finance with costly commitment

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  • Satyajit Chatterjee
  • Dean Corbae

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The authors develop a variant of Townsend's turnpike model where the trading friction is related to a commitment problem rather than spatial separation alone. Specifically, expenditure on financial services is necessary to ensure commitment. When commitment is costless, the equilibrium allocation is equivalent to that from an Arrow sequential markets equilibrium. When commitment is prohibitively expensive, the allocation is similar to the Townsend equilibrium. The authors use numerical examples to study the consequences of costly commitment for co-existence of money and credit, asset pricing, welfare implications of currency and variations in its growth rate, and the relationships between income and financial development.

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Keywords: Financial services industry ; Money theory ; Velocity of money;

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  1. Townsend, Robert M, 1983. "Financial Structure and Economic Activity," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, American Economic Association, vol. 73(5), pages 895-911, December.
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  1. Lars Boerner & Albrecht Ritschl, 2010. "Communal Responsibility and the Coexistence of Money and Credit Under Anonymous Matching," SFB 649 Discussion Papers, Sonderforschungsbereich 649, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany SFB649DP2010-060, Sonderforschungsbereich 649, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany.

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