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Scarce collateral, the term premium, and quantitative easing

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  • Williamson, Stephen D.

    (Washington University in St. Louis)

A model of money, credit, and banking is constructed in which the differential pledgeability of collateral and the scarcity of collateralizable wealth lead to a term premium — an upward-sloping nominal yield curve. Purchases of long-maturity government debt by the central bank are always a good idea, but for unconventional reasons. A floor system is preferred to a channel system, as a floor system permits welfare-improving asset purchases by the central bank.

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Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: 15 Jan 2014
Handle: RePEc:fip:fedlwp:2014-008
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