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The optimality of the Friedman rule when some distorting taxes are exogenous

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The Friedman rule is a feature of second-best policies in several monetary models. We extend this result by establishing that zero nominal interest rates can be optimal even if the Ramsey planner is not able to select many distorting tax rates. However, we show that the optimality of that policy prescription does depend on the set of tax rates the planner is able to choose. We also provide an intuitive way of assessing whether the Friedman rule is optimal for each particular set of tax rates the Ramsey planner is allowed to select.
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  • Alexandre Cunha, 2008. "The optimality of the Friedman rule when some distorting taxes are exogenous," Economic Theory, Springer;Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory (SAET), vol. 35(2), pages 267-291, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:joecth:v:35:y:2008:i:2:p:267-291 DOI: 10.1007/s00199-007-0236-5
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    Keywords

    Friedman rule; Optimal monetary policy; Exogenous taxes; E31; E52; E63; H21;

    JEL classification:

    • E31 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Price Level; Inflation; Deflation
    • E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy
    • E63 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Comparative or Joint Analysis of Fiscal and Monetary Policy; Stabilization; Treasury Policy
    • H21 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - Efficiency; Optimal Taxation

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