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Money and Credit: An Equivalence Result and Its Implications

  • Narayana Kocherlakota

    (University of Minnesota)

In a wide range of economic settings, equilibrium outcomes in pure credit equilibria are known to be Pareto optimal (or Pareto optimal given informational or enforcement limitations). In a series of examples, I demonstrate how the above equivalence result can be used to provide a more complete understanding of optimal monetary policy in heterogeneous agent economies.

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Paper provided by Society for Economic Dynamics in its series 2007 Meeting Papers with number 115.

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