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Monetary mechanisms

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  • Gu, Chao
  • Wright, Randall

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We provide a series of results for a standard model where exchange is facilitated by liquid assets. Compared to past work, minimal structure is imposed on the mechanism determining the terms of trade. Four simple axioms lead to a class of mechanisms encompassing common bargaining theories, competitive price taking and other solution concepts. Using only the axioms, we establish existence and (perhaps more surprisingly) uniqueness of stationary monetary equilibrium. We also show how to support desirable outcomes using creatively designed mechanisms. Special cases include pure currency economies, but we also consider extensions to incorporate real assets and credit.

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  • Gu, Chao & Wright, Randall, 2016. "Monetary mechanisms," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 163(C), pages 644-657.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jetheo:v:163:y:2016:i:c:p:644-657
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jet.2016.02.011
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    1. Han, Han & Julien, Benoît & Petursdottir, Asgerdur & Wang, Liang, 2016. "Equilibrium using credit or money with indivisible goods," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 166(C), pages 152-163.
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    3. Bajaj, Ayushi & Hu, Tai-Wei & Rocheteau, Guillaume & Silva, Mario Rafael, 2017. "Decentralizing constrained-efficient allocations in the Lagos–Wright pure currency economy," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 167(C), pages 1-13.

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    Keywords

    Money; Mechanisms; Bargaining; Liquidity; Credit;

    JEL classification:

    • E42 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Monetary Sytsems; Standards; Regimes; Government and the Monetary System
    • E51 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Money Supply; Credit; Money Multipliers

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