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Credit Frictions, housing prices and optimal monetary policy Rules

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  • Caterina Mendicino
  • Andrea Pescatori

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We try to assest the role of household indebtedness and housing prices in the optimal design of monetary policy rules. Even though the relevance of liquidity constraints for consumption behavior has been well documented in the empirical and theoretical literature little attention has been given to credit frictions at the household level in the monetary business cycle litterature. This paper represent the first attemp of a welfare-based monetary policy evaluation in a model with heterogeneous agents and households' credit constraints. In order to evaluate optimal monetary policy we take advantage of the recent advances in computational economics by following the approach illustrated by Schmitt-Grohe and Uribe (2003).

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Paper provided by Department of Economics - University Roma Tre in its series Departmental Working Papers of Economics - University 'Roma Tre' with number 0042.

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Date of creation: Dec 2004
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  1. Luisa Lambertini & Caterina Mendicino & Maria Teresa Punzi, 2010. "Expectations-Driven Cycles in the Housing Market," Working Papers 201001, Center for Fiscal Policy, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne, revised Oct 2010.
  2. José A Carrasco-Gallego & Margarita Rubio, 2013. "Macroprudential and Monetary Policies: Implications for Financial Stability and Welfare," Discussion Papers 2013/04, University of Nottingham, Centre for Finance, Credit and Macroeconomics (CFCM).
  3. Büyükkarabacak, Berrak & Mykhaylova, Olena, 2010. "Housing market dynamics and welfare," MPRA Paper 23322, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  4. José A Carrasco-Gallego & Margarita Rubio, 2013. "Macroprudential Measures, Housing Markets and Monetary Policy," Discussion Papers 2013/05, University of Nottingham, Centre for Finance, Credit and Macroeconomics (CFCM).

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