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Dynamic Debt Deleveraging and Optimal Monetary Policy

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  • Pierpaolo Benigno
  • Gauti B. Eggertsson
  • Federica Romei

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This paper studies optimal monetary policy under dynamic debt deleveraging once the zero bound is binding. Unlike the existing literature, the natural rate of interest is endogenous and depends on macroeconomic policy. Optimal monetary policy successfully raises the natural rate of interest by creating an environment that speeds up deleveraging, thus endogenously shortening the duration of the crisis and a binding zero bound. Inflation should be front loaded. Fiscal-policy multipliers can be even higher than in existing models, but depend on the way in which public spending is financed.

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  • Pierpaolo Benigno & Gauti B. Eggertsson & Federica Romei, 2014. "Dynamic Debt Deleveraging and Optimal Monetary Policy," NBER Working Papers 20556, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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    • E31 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Price Level; Inflation; Deflation
    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy

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