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Keynesian inefficiency and optimal policy: a new monetarist approach

  • Williamson, Stephen D.

    (Washington University in St. Louis)

A simple model of monetary/labor search is constructed to study Keynesian indeterminacy and optimal policy. In the model, economic agents have trouble splitting the surplus from exchange appropriately, and we consider monetary and fiscal policies that correct this Keynesian inefficiency. A Taylor rule does not imply determinacy, nor does it support an efficient outcome, in general. Optimal policies yield an efficient and determinate allocation of resources, but equilibrium policy actions, wages, and prices are indeterminate at the optimum.

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Paper provided by Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis in its series Working Papers with number 2014-9.

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Length: 17 pages
Date of creation: 01 Mar 2014
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Handle: RePEc:fip:fedlwp:2014-009
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