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Counterfeiting as Private Money in Mechanism Design

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  • Ed Nosal

    (Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland)

  • Ricardo Cavalcanti

    (Getulio Vargas Foundation)

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We find that in order to have circulating counterfeit notes as part of the optimal mechanism, there must be heterogeneity of opportunities to create and circulate counterfeit among agents. When such heterogeneity exists, we find that counterfeiting creates distortions at both the intensive and extensive margins. That is, output will tend to "low" and the supply of money will tend to be "high," compared to an environment where counterfeiting is not possible. When there is no heterogeneity in opportunities to create and circulate counterfeit notes, then, like in Nosal and Wallace (2005), although the threat of counterfeiting has negative implications for welfare, the optimal mechanism will not allow counterfeit notes to circulate.

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  • Ed Nosal & Ricardo Cavalcanti, 2007. "Counterfeiting as Private Money in Mechanism Design," 2007 Meeting Papers 371, Society for Economic Dynamics.
  • Handle: RePEc:red:sed007:371
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    1. Zachary Bethune & Tai-Wei Hu & Guillaume Rocheteau, 2018. "Optimal Credit Cycles," Review of Economic Dynamics, Elsevier for the Society for Economic Dynamics, vol. 27, pages 231-245, January.
    2. Shao, Enchuan & Fung, Ben S.C., 2016. "Counterfeit quality and verification in a monetary exchange," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 52(PA), pages 13-25.
    3. Benjamin Lester & Andrew Postlewaite & Randall Wright, 2008. "Information, Liquidity and Asset Prices," PIER Working Paper Archive 08-039, Penn Institute for Economic Research, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania.
    4. Guillaume Rocheteau & Pierre‐Olivier Weill, 2011. "Liquidity in Frictional Asset Markets," Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Blackwell Publishing, vol. 43, pages 261-282, October.
    5. Shao, Enchuan, 2014. "The threat of counterfeiting in competitive search equilibrium," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, vol. 47(C), pages 168-185.
    6. Roberds, William & Schreft, Stacey L., 2009. "Data breaches and identity theft," Journal of Monetary Economics, Elsevier, vol. 56(7), pages 918-929, October.
    7. Ricardo de O. Cavalcanti, 2010. "Inside-money theory after Diamond and Dybvig," Economic Quarterly, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, issue 1Q, pages 59-82.
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