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The Societal Benefits of Outside versus Inside Bonds

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  • Christopher Waller

    (University of Notre Dame)

  • Aleksander Berentsen

    (University of Basel)

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We use a general equilibrium model of money to compare the use of `illiquid' government-issued bonds (outside bonds) versus credit (inside bonds) to alleviate buyers' liquidity constraints. We assume all transactions must be voluntary. This implies that the central bank cannot run deflation via lump-sum taxation and that agents must voluntarily redeem their outstanding private debt obligations. When the steady state outside bond to money ratio is taken as given, the allocation with inside bonds is more likely to dominate the allocation with inside bonds. When this ratio is also a policy choice, then the allocation with illiquid outside bonds dominates the inside bond allocation.

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Paper provided by Society for Economic Dynamics in its series 2007 Meeting Papers with number 110.

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Date of creation: 2007
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  1. Aleksander Berentsen & Gabriele Camera & Christopher Waller, . "Money, Credit and Banking," IEW - Working Papers 219, Institute for Empirical Research in Economics - University of Zurich.
  2. Boel, Paola & Camera, Gabriele, 2004. "Efficient Monetary Allocations and the Illiquidity of Bonds," Purdue University Economics Working Papers 1171, Purdue University, Department of Economics.
  3. Kehoe, Timothy J & Levine, David K, 2001. "Liquidity Constrained Markets versus Debt Constrained Markets," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 69(3), pages 575-98, May.
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  1. Marchesiani, Alessandro & Senesi, Pietro, 2009. "Money And Nominal Bonds," Macroeconomic Dynamics, Cambridge University Press, vol. 13(02), pages 189-199, April.
  2. Narayana Kocherlakota, 2007. "Money and Credit: An Equivalence Result and Its Implications," 2007 Meeting Papers 115, Society for Economic Dynamics.

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