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Money In A Real Business Cycle Model

  • Roger E.A. Farmer

    (UCLA)

This paper constructs a real business cycle model in which real money balances yield utility. We calibrate the model to fit the first moments of US data and simulate a set of impulse response functions that are generated by the model for GDP, the rate of interest, money growth and real balances. These theoretical impulse responses are compared with actual impulse responses from US data. The model does a reasonably good job of capturing the dynamic interactions of money and real variables in US data. It differs from most existing approaches by choosing a parameterization of utility for which the model admits the existence of indeterminate equilibria. It is argued that this fact is critical in explaining the monetary propagation mechanism.

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Paper provided by UCLA Department of Economics in its series UCLA Economics Working Papers with number 757.

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Date of creation: 01 Oct 1996
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Handle: RePEc:cla:uclawp:757
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