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Asset Prices, Inflation and Monetary Control - Re-inventing Money as a Policy Tool

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  • Peter Spahn

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Low inflation on goods markets provides no reliable precondition for asset-market stability; it might even promote the emergence of bubbles because interest rates and risk premia appear to be low. A further factor driving asset demand is easy availability of credit, which in turn roots in the banking system operating in a regime of endogenous central-bank money. A comparison of Bundesbank and ECB policies suggests that credit growth can be controlled more efficiently if rising interest rates are accompanied by some liquidity squeeze that supports the spillover of a monetary restriction to capital markets. The announcement effect of a central bank Charter including the goal of financial-market stability helps to deter private agents from excessive asset trading.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Hohenheim, Germany in its series Diskussionspapiere aus dem Institut für Volkswirtschaftslehre der Universität Hohenheim with number 323/2010.

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Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2010
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Handle: RePEc:hoh:hohdip:323

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Keywords: open-market policy; asset-price bubble; euro money market; ECB strategy;

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