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Societal benefits of nominal bonds

  • Narayana R. Kocherlakota

In this paper, I provide a possible explanation of why nominally risk-free bonds are essential in monetary economies. I argue that the role of nominal bonds is to serve as record-keeping devices in intertemporal exchanges of money. I show that bonds can only serve this role if they are illiquid (costly to exchange for goods). Finally, I show that in economies in which nominal bonds are essential, welfare and nominal interest rates are both positively associated with the supply of illiquid bonds (if that supply is small).

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Paper provided by Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis in its series Staff Report with number 275.

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Date of creation: 2000
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Handle: RePEc:fip:fedmsr:275
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  1. Nobuhiro Kiyotaki & Randall Wright, 1989. "A contribution to the pure theory of money," Staff Report 123, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.
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