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Money and Dynamic Credit Arrangements with Private Information

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  • Aiyagari, S. Rao

    (University of Rochester)

  • Williamson, Stephen

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    (University of Iowa)

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We construct a model with private information in which consumers write dynamic contracts with financial intermediaries. A role for money arises due to random limited participation of consumers in the financial market. Without defection constraints, a Friedman rule is optimal, the mean and variability of wealth tend to fall in the steady state, and the welfare effects of inflation are very small. With defection constraints, it is optimal to eliminate currency entirely, the variability of wealth tends to rise with inflation, and the welfare effects of inflation are large.

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Paper provided by University of Iowa, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 97-19.

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Length: 44 Pages
Date of creation: Oct 1997
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Handle: RePEc:uia:iowaec:97-19

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Keywords: Money; Credit; Private Information;

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