Does Money Always Make People Happy?
This paper presents an overlapping generations model with private information, in which the use of fiat money and the rampant moral hazard incentives sustain each other. It is shown that: there is a monetary equilibrium, despite the fact that the rate of return on the non-monetary asset is significantly higher thatn the rate of economic growth in the non-monetary case; the valuation of money is not necessarily Pareto-improving, but rather can be harmful to almost all generations; an inflationary policy can improve the welfare of all generations except the initial one. (Copyright: Elsevier)
Volume (Year): 4 (2001)
Issue (Month): 2 (July)
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