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Does Money Always Make People Happy?

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  • Akiomi Kitagawa

    (Osaka Prefecture University)

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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)

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  • Akiomi Kitagawa, 2001. "Does Money Always Make People Happy?," Review of Economic Dynamics, Elsevier for the Society for Economic Dynamics, vol. 4(2), pages 495-515, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:red:issued:v:4:y:2001:i:2:p:495-515 DOI: 10.1006/redy.2000.0112
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    1. Takuma Kunieda & Tarishi Matsuoka & Akihisa Shibata, 2017. "Asset Bubbles, Technology Choice, and Financial Crises," Discussion Paper Series 157, School of Economics, Kwansei Gakuin University, revised Feb 2017.

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    Keywords

    private information; moral hazard; fiat money;

    JEL classification:

    • E41 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Demand for Money

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