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Should bank reserves earn interest?

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  • Scott Freeman
  • Joseph H. Haslag

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This article examines the effects and desirability of paying interest on required reserves. Scott Freeman and Joseph Haslag demonstrate that a policy of paying interest on reserves can make everyone better off, even if the interest must be financed by a tax on capital. An essential part of this policy is an open market operation that offsets any changes in the value of money.

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  • Scott Freeman & Joseph H. Haslag, 1995. "Should bank reserves earn interest?," Economic and Financial Policy Review, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, issue Q IV, pages 25-33.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedder:y:1995:i:qiv:p:25-33
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    1. Gomis-Porqueras, Pedro & Peralta-Alva, Adrian, 2010. "Optimal monetary and fiscal policies in a search theoretic model of monetary exchange," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 54(3), pages 331-344, April.
    2. Bindseil, Ulrich, 1997. "Reserve requirements and economic stabilization," Discussion Paper Series 1: Economic Studies 1997,01e, Deutsche Bundesbank.
    3. VanHoose, David D. & Humphrey, David B., 2001. "Sweep accounts, reserve management, and interest rate volatility1," Journal of Economics and Business, Elsevier, vol. 53(4), pages 387-404.
    4. David VanHoose, 2008. "Interest on Reserves: Implications for Banking and Policymaking," NFI Policy Briefs 2008-PB-05, Indiana State University, Scott College of Business, Networks Financial Institute.
    5. Michael Tindall & Roger Spencer, 2000. "Central bank reserve management: Aggregate targets and interest payments on reserves," International Advances in Economic Research, Springer;International Atlantic Economic Society, vol. 6(2), pages 178-191, May.
    6. Bindseil, Ulrich, 1997. "Die Stabilisierungswirkungen von Mindestreserven," Discussion Paper Series 1: Economic Studies 1997,01, Deutsche Bundesbank.

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