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Money in a Model of Prior Production and Imperfectly Directed Search

  • Adrian Masters

This paper considers the effect of monetary policy and inflation on retail markets. It analyzes a model in which: goods are dated and produced prior to being retailed, buyers direct their search on the basis of price and general quality and, buyers' match specific tastes are their private information. Sellers set the same price for all buyers but some do not value the good highly enough to purchase it. The market economy is typically inefficient as a social planner would have the good consumed. The Friedman rule represents optimal policy as long as there is free-entry of sellers. When the upper bound on the number of participating sellers binds sufficiently, moderate levels of inflation can be welfare improving.

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Paper provided by University at Albany, SUNY, Department of Economics in its series Discussion Papers with number 10-11.

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Date of creation: 2010
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Handle: RePEc:nya:albaec:10-11
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