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The evolution of cash transactions: Some implications for monetary policy

  • Schreft, Stacey L.
  • Smith, Bruce D.

This paper considers the implications of a decreasing demand for cash transactions under several monetary policy regimes. A policy of nominal-interest-rate targeting implies that a secular decline in the volume of cash transactions unambiguously leads to accelerating inflation. A policy of maintaining a fixed composition of government liabilities leads to accelerating (decelerating) inflation if agents have sufficiently high (low) levels of risk aversion. A policy of inflation targeting produces falling nominal and real interest rates, while a policy of fixing the rate of money growth can easily lead to indeterminacy and endogenous oscillation in interest rates.

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Volume (Year): 46 (2000)
Issue (Month): 1 (August)
Pages: 97-120

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