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Asset Trading and Monetary Policy in Production Economies

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This paper studies the effects of monetary policy on asset trading and production in a laboratory economy. Participants play the role of household investors who make consumption, labor, and investment decisions. Introducing asset markets to the economy does not generate significant real effects. Prohibiting borrowing for speculation leads to increased precautionary saving through higher, more stable labor supply and smaller bubbles, but increases asset price volatility. In contrast, a “leaning against the wind" interest rate policy decreases labor supply but effectively stabilizes asset prices and reduces overall deviations from fundamentals. Indebtedness is an important source of heterogeneity driving participants decisions.

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  • Guidon Fenig & Mariya Mileva & Luba Petersen, 2013. "Asset Trading and Monetary Policy in Production Economies," Discussion Papers dp13-08, Department of Economics, Simon Fraser University, revised Aug 2014.
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    Experimental macroeconomics; laboratory experiment; monetary policy; asset price bubbles; general equilibrium; production economy; debt aversion;
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    JEL classification:

    • C92 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Group Behavior
    • E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy
    • D91 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics - - - Role and Effects of Psychological, Emotional, Social, and Cognitive Factors on Decision Making
    • E21 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Consumption; Saving; Wealth

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