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Inflation and Balanced-Path Growth with Alternative Payment Mechanisms

The paper shows that contrary to conventional wisdom an endogenous growth economy with human capital and alternative payment mechanisms can robustly explain major facets of the long run inflation experience. A negative inflation-growth relation is explained, including a striking non-linearity found repeatedly in empirical studies. A set of Tobin (1965) effects are also explained and, further, linked in magnitude to the growth effects through the interest elasticity of money demand. Undisclosed previously, this link helps fill out the intuition of how the inflation experience can be plausibly explained in a robust fashion with a model extended to include credit as a payment mechanism.

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Paper provided by Cardiff University, Cardiff Business School, Economics Section in its series Cardiff Economics Working Papers with number E2005/15.

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Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2005
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Publication status: Published in Economic Journal , Vol 115 (January): 247-270.
Handle: RePEc:cdf:wpaper:2005/15
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