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On the Societal Benefits of Illiquid Bonds

  • David Andolfatto

    (Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Simon Fraser University, and the Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis)

Kocherlakota (2003) presents an example of a monetary economy where efficiency is enhanced with the introduction of a nominally risk-free bond that is specifically designed to be illiquid. In his environment, an asset market involving swaps of money for bonds effects a socially desirable redistribution of purchasing power that might otherwise be replicated by a policy of type-contingent money transfers. In this paper, I recast Kocherlakota’s model in a fully dynamic quasilinear model and characterize optimal interventions when type-contingent transfers are feasible and when they are not. When they are not, an illiquid bond is essential. However, I also find that an illiquid bond may remain essential even when type-contingent transfers are feasible.

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Paper provided by The Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis in its series Working Paper Series with number 13_09.

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Date of creation: Jan 2009
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Handle: RePEc:rim:rimwps:13_09
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  1. Shouyong Shi, 2008. "Efficiency Improvement from Restricting the Liquidity of Nominal Bonds," Working Papers tecipa-329, University of Toronto, Department of Economics.
  2. Narayana Kocherlakota, 2003. "Societal Benefits of Illiquid Bonds," Levine's Working Paper Archive 506439000000000300, David K. Levine.
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