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Money and the Size of Transactions

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  • Zeira, Joseph

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Consumers make transactions of different sizes over time. This paper shows that this fact, together with transaction costs of various assets, can help in developing a theory of liquidity. Assets with different cost structures are used to purchase different sizes of transactions. This can explain the demand for money itself, the precautionary demand for money, and the demand for cash and demand deposits. Thus consumers use cash for small transactions, demand deposits for larger transactions, and use savings for the largest transactions. Finally, the paper shows that modeling banks as suppliers of liquidity leads to a better understanding of their success as financial intermediaries.

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  • Zeira, Joseph, 2005. "Money and the Size of Transactions," CEPR Discussion Papers 5010, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:5010
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    1. Ingolf Schwarz, 2006. "Monetary Equilibria in a Baumol-Tobin Economy," Discussion Paper Series of the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods 2006_15, Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods.

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    Keywords

    banks; demand deposits; demand for money; transactions;

    JEL classification:

    • E40 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - General
    • E41 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Demand for Money
    • E51 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Money Supply; Credit; Money Multipliers

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