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Evaluating the welfare effects of alternative monetary arrangements

  • Ayse Imrohoroglu
  • Edward C. Prescott

The welfare effects of alternative monetary arrangements are computed for an economy calibrated to U.S. data. In the model world, people vary their holdings of liquid assets in order to smooth their consumption. In such worlds, we find that the feature of an arrangement that matters is the equilibrium after-tax real return on savings. We also find that relative to a tax on labor income, seigniorage is a poor source of revenue.

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Article provided by Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis in its journal Quarterly Review.

Volume (Year): (1991)
Issue (Month): Sum ()
Pages: 3-10

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Handle: RePEc:fip:fedmqr:y:1991:i:sum:p:3-10:n:v.15no.3
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