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Monetary Policy and the Distribution of Money and Capital

  • Miguel Molico

    (University of Western Ontario)

  • Yahong Zhang


    (Bank of Canada)

Existing search-theoretical model of money have in general abstracted from the existence and accumulation of other assets, in particular, capital. In this paper we present a model where the optimal portfolio allocation decision of agents is explicitly modeled. Trade frictions in a decentralized consumption goods market give rise to an endogenous role for money. Capital goods are assumed to be type-specific and traded in a centralized market. Uninsurable idiosyncratic uncertainty in production and trading opportunities leads to a non-degenerate distribution of wealth. By focusing on stationary equilibria we characterize numerically the wealth distribution and its composition. We further analyze the effects of monetary policy on the equilibrium patterns of exchange, the distribution of wealth, capital accumulation and welfare. In particular, we show that a moderate expansionary policy, accomplished via lump-sum transfers, can lead to a steady-state increase in aggregate output, aggregate consumption, capital accumulation, and welfare

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Paper provided by Society for Computational Economics in its series Computing in Economics and Finance 2006 with number 136.

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Date of creation: 04 Jul 2006
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