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Monetary Policy under Financial Exclusion

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  • Rajesh Singh

    (Iowa State University)

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We investigate the welfare implications of alternative monetary policy rules in a small open economy with access to world capital markets. Financial market access is costly and induces an endogenous segmentation of households into non-traders who never participate and traders who only participate intermittently in asset markets. The model can reproduce standard business cycle moments of open economies including a countercyclical current account even though the model has no capital and investment. Our main policy result is that procyclical monetary policy outperforms both the Taylor rule and inflation targeting in this environment. Given widespread evidence of endemic financial exclusion throughout the world, these results suggest caution in importing monetary policy prescriptions tailored for developed countries into emerging economies.

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  • Rajesh Singh, 2018. "Monetary Policy under Financial Exclusion," 2018 Meeting Papers 76, Society for Economic Dynamics.
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