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On the Use of the Inflation Tax when Non-Distortionary Taxes Are Available

  • Bhattacharya, Joydeep
  • Haslag, Joseph

Using a pure-exchange overlapping generations model in which money is valued because of a legal restriction, we show the following: a) a benevolent government may make some use of the inflation tax in conjunction with a lump-sum tax on the young but not if lump-sum taxes on the old are available, and b) the welfare-maximizing monetary policy may deviate from the Friedman rule (contract the money supply so as to equate the real return on money and other competing stores of value) in either case.

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Paper provided by Iowa State University, Department of Economics in its series Staff General Research Papers with number 5247.

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Date of creation: 01 Oct 2001
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Publication status: Published in Review of Economic Dynamics, October 2001, vol. 4 no. 4, pp. 823-841
Handle: RePEc:isu:genres:5247
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  1. Joydeep Bhattacharya & Joseph H. Haslag, 2001. "On the Use of the Inflation Tax When Nondistortionary Taxes Are Available," Review of Economic Dynamics, Elsevier for the Society for Economic Dynamics, vol. 4(4), pages 823-841, October.
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