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Inefficient Provision of Liquidity

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  • Oliver D. Hart
  • Luigi Zingales

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We study an economy where the lack of a simultaneous double coincidence of wants creates the need for a relatively safe asset (money). We show that, even in the absence of asymmetric information or an agency problem, the private provision of liquidity is inefficient. The reason is that liquidity affects prices and the welfare of others, and creators do not internalize this. This distortion is present even if we introduce lending and government money. To eliminate the inefficiency the government must restrict the creation of liquidity by the private sector.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 17299.

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  1. Oliver D. Hart & Luigi Zingales, 2013. "Liquidity and Inefficient Investment," NBER Working Papers 19184, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.

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