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Redistribution and Optimal Monetary Policy: Results and Open Questions

  • Stefania Albanesi


    (Columbia University, NBER and CEPR)

What are the properties of optimal fiscal and monetary policies with heterogeneous agents? This is a pressing question, given the wealth of evidence on heterogeneity in cash holdings and labor income. Yet, until recently it remained largely unexplored. In this paper, I show that with heterogeneity the Friedman rule is optimal only if positive nominal interest rates do not ameliorate constraints on redistribution. With an empirically plausible cross-sectional correlation between money holdings and labor income, the Friedman rule is optimal if the government favors redistribution to the poor. I discuss these findings and propose several directions for future research.

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Volume (Year): 97 (2007)
Issue (Month): 4 (July-August)
Pages: 3-48

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Handle: RePEc:rpo:ripoec:v:97:y:2007:i:4:p:3-48
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