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Implementing the Friedman Rule

  • Peter N. Ireland

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    (Boston College)

In cash-in-advance models, necessary and sufficient conditions for the existence of an equilibrium with zero nominal interest rates and Pareto optimal allocations place restrictions only on the very long-run, or asymptotic, behavior of the money supply. When these asymptotic conditions are satisfied, they leave the central bank with a great deal of flexibility to manage the money supply over any finite horizon. But what happens when these asymptotic conditions fail to hold? This paper shows that the central bank can still implement the Friedman rule if its actions are appropriately constrained in the short run.

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Paper provided by Boston College Department of Economics in its series Boston College Working Papers in Economics with number 460.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: 01 Jun 2000
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Handle: RePEc:boc:bocoec:460
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