Money with Idiosyncratic Uninsurable Returns to Capital
This paper extends the income fluctuations problem to an economy with endogenous growth. In the present setup, individuals, instead of owning an stream of endowments, accumulate capital with an investment irreversibility constraint and face uninsurable idiosyncratic risks to the return to capital. Money provides both a risk diversification and a liquidity role. Balanced growth paths exist despite the increasing dispersion of the wealth distribution. The return to money cannot be equated to the social return to capital (Friedman's rule on the optimum quantity of money) unless the government owns the entire capital stock with idiosyncratic risk, and it is capable of operating this stock as efficiently as private agents can. KEY WORDS: Income fluctuations, uninsurable risk, demand for money, optimum quantity of money.
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