Alternative monetary policies in a turnpike economy

Rodolfo Manuelli, Thomas Sargent

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    Abstract

    This paper modifies a Townsend turnpike model by letting agents stay at a location long enough to trade some consumption loans, but not long enough to support a Pareto-optimal allocation. Monetary equilibria exist that are nonoptimal in the absence of a scheme to pay interest on currency at a particular rate. Paying interest on currency at the optimal rate delivers a Pareto-optimal allocation, but a different one than the allocation for an associated nonmonetary centralized economy. The price level remains determinate under an optimal policy. We study the response of the model to "helicopter drops" of currency, steady increases in the money supply, and restrictions on private intermediation.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)727-762
    Number of pages36
    JournalMacroeconomic Dynamics
    Volume14
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Nov 2010

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    Turnpike
    Monetary policy
    Currency
    Pareto optimal allocations
    Loans
    Optimal policy
    Price level
    Monetary equilibrium
    Money supply
    Helicopter
    Intermediation

    Keywords

    • Credit
    • Fiat Money
    • Friedman Rule
    • Pareto Optimality

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    • Economics and Econometrics

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    Alternative monetary policies in a turnpike economy. / Manuelli, Rodolfo; Sargent, Thomas.

    In: Macroeconomic Dynamics, Vol. 14, No. 5, 11.2010, p. 727-762.

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    Manuelli, Rodolfo ; Sargent, Thomas. / Alternative monetary policies in a turnpike economy. In: Macroeconomic Dynamics. 2010 ; Vol. 14, No. 5. pp. 727-762.
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