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Bubbly Recessions

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  • Siddhartha Biswas
  • Andrew Hanson
  • Toan Phan

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We develop a tractable rational bubbles model with financial frictions, downward nominal wage rigidity, and the zero lower bound. The interaction of financial frictions and nominal rigidities leads to a \"bubbly pecuniary externality,\" where competitive speculation in risky bubbly assets can result in excessive investment booms that precede inefficient busts. The collapse of a large bubble can push the economy into a \"secular stagnation\" equilibrium, where the zero lower bound and the nominal wage rigidity constraint bind, leading to a persistent and inefficient recession. We evaluate a macroprudential leaning-against-the-bubble policy that balances the trade-off between the booms and busts of bubbles.

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  • Siddhartha Biswas & Andrew Hanson & Toan Phan, 2018. "Bubbly Recessions," Working Paper 18-5, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.
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    • E10 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General Aggregative Models - - - General
    • E21 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Consumption; Saving; Wealth
    • E40 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - General
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