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The Monetary Transmission Mechanism

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  • Jess Benhabib
  • Roger Farmer

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Since the writing of David Hume, in the eighteenth century, there has been a general agreement amogst economists that an increase in the stock of money leads, initially, to an increase in economic activity. Most writer have attributed the real effects of money, in the short run, to mistaken expectations, non-market clearing or both. We argue instead, that neither of these channels is needed to explain the facts. We show that a competitive market-clearing model in which money enter the production function can reproduce the broad features of data.
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  • Jess Benhabib & Roger Farmer, 1998. "The Monetary Transmission Mechanism," Levine's Working Paper Archive 2055, David K. Levine.
  • Handle: RePEc:cla:levarc:2055
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    • E00 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General - - - General
    • E4 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates

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