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The Economics of Helicopter Money

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  • Benigno, Pierpaolo
  • Nisticò, Salvatore

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An economy plagued by a slump and in a liquidity trap has some options to exit the crisis. We discuss helicopter money and other equivalent policies that can reflate the economy and boost consumption. In the framework analysed - where lump-sum transfers may be the only effective fiscal response, like in the current pandemic crisis - the central bank, and only the central bank, is the rescuer of last resort of the economy. Fiscal policy is bounded by solvency constraints unless the central bank backs treasury's debt.

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  • Benigno, Pierpaolo & Nisticò, Salvatore, 2020. "The Economics of Helicopter Money," CEPR Discussion Papers 14555, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
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    1. > Economics of Welfare > Health Economics > Economics of Pandemics > Specific pandemics > Covid-19 > Economic policy > Money and monetary policy

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    • E50 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - General

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