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Individual and Aggregate Real Balances in a Random Matching Model

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  • Ruilin Zhou

    (University of Pennsylvania and Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis)

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This paper investigates the existence and properties of stationary single-price equilibrium in a monetary random matching model where agents can hold an arbitrary amount of divisible money, and where production is costly. For some parameter values of the model, there exists a continuum of single-price equilibria indexed by the aggregate real-money balance. At such an equilibrium, an agent accumulates money only up to a certain point where his marginal value of holding money drops below the cost of production. Different upper bounds on money holdings imply different distributions of money holdings. The coexistence of multiple equilibria with distinct upper bounds but identical aggregate real-money balances suggests the importance of money distribution in determining trade velocity, production and welfare.

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  • Ruilin Zhou, 1996. "Individual and Aggregate Real Balances in a Random Matching Model," GE, Growth, Math methods 9612001, EconWPA, revised 23 Dec 1996.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpge:9612001
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    1. Edward J. Green & Ruilin Zhou, "undated". ""A Rudimentary Model of Search with Divisible Money and Prices''," CARESS Working Papres 95-17, University of Pennsylvania Center for Analytic Research and Economics in the Social Sciences.
    2. Miguel Molico, 2006. "The Distribution Of Money And Prices In Search Equilibrium," International Economic Review, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania and Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association, vol. 47(3), pages 701-722, August.
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    4. Kiyotaki, Nobuhiro & Wright, Randall, 1993. "A Search-Theoretic Approach to Monetary Economics," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 83(1), pages 63-77, March.
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    • D51 - Microeconomics - - General Equilibrium and Disequilibrium - - - Exchange and Production Economies
    • E40 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - General

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