Who is Afraid of the Friedman Rule?
AbstractIn this paper, we explore the connection between optimal monetary policy and heterogeneity among agents. We study a standard monetary economy with two types of agents in which the stationary distribution of money holdings is non-degenerate. Sans type-specific fiscal policy, we show that the zero-nominal-interest rate policy (the Friedman rule) does not maximize type-specific welfare; it may not maximize aggregate social welfare either. Indeed, one or, more surprisingly, both types may benefit if the central bank deviates from the Friedman rule. Our results suggest a positive explanation for why central banks around the world do not implement the Friedman rule.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Iowa State University, Department of Economics in its series Staff General Research Papers with number 12213.
Date of creation: 10 Nov 2004
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Publication status: Published in Economic Inquiry, April 2008, vol. 46 no. 2, pp. 113-130
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Friedman rule; monetary policy; money-in-the-utility-function;
Other versions of this item:
- Joseph H. Haslag & Joydeep Bhattacharya & Antoine Martin & Rajesh Singh, 2004. "Who is Afraid of the Friedman Rule?," Working Papers 0421, Department of Economics, University of Missouri, revised 21 Dec 2004.
- Joydeep Bhattacharya & Joseph Haslag & Antoine Martin & Rajesh Singh, 2005. "Who is afraid of the Friedman rule?," Staff Reports 208, Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
- E31 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Price Level; Inflation; Deflation
- E51 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Money Supply; Credit; Money Multipliers
- E58 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Central Banks and Their Policies
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2004-11-22 (All new papers)
- NEP-DGE-2004-11-22 (Dynamic General Equilibrium)
- NEP-MAC-2004-11-22 (Macroeconomics)
- NEP-MON-2005-01-07 (Monetary Economics)
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