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© Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland 2009 and Cambridge University Press, 2010. The story in Freeman and Kydland (2000) is this: A modern version of the Friedman and Schwartz (1963) idea is that because the business cycle component of money is positively correlated with the business cycle component of output, we have evidence that money shocks cause business cycles. But if you build a model that captures the reality that consumers can choose between two means of payment, money and deposits, you can get that output and (the sum of) money (and deposits) both rise following a positive productivity shock. When productivity rises, agents want to consume more largeticket goods; for that reason, it becomes more economical to buy things with deposits rather than money (because larger purchases reduce the per-unit costs of using deposits), and banks respond to that demand by creating more deposits. A model with no frictions and no monetary shocks can generate the supposed evidence that money shocks cause output fluctuations. Freeman, Henriksen, and Kydland present a paper that uses a model of this kind to study the welfare costs of inflation. In this model, as inflation rises, agents shift more of their portfolios into interest-bearing forms to avoid the inflation tax, but they have to pay the additional fixed cost of using interest-bearing deposits in transactions. The authors find that the costs of inflation are small. For example, in their baseline calibration, the gains from reducing inflation from 10% to 3% are about 0.13% (of steady-state consumption).

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Coleman, WJ; Yates, T

Published Date

  • January 1, 2009

Start / End Page

  • 21 - 28

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9780521848503

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1017/CBO9780511605475.003

Citation Source

  • Scopus