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A Classroom Inflation Uncertainty Experiment

Denise Hazlett ()
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Denise Hazlett: Whitman College

International Review of Economic Education, 2008, vol. 7, issue 1, 47-61

Abstract: This classroom experiment uses a double oral auction credit market to demonstrate how inflation uncertainty causes a wealth transfer between borrowers and lenders. The experiment also shows the social cost of inflation uncertainty when borrowers and lenders cannot agree on a nominal interest rate that compensates each for their risk. In this case, the credit market fails to allocate funds to the highest-valued investment projects. The experiment provides hands-on experience with the effects of anticipated and unanticipated inflation, giving students a common background for a discussion of the economic costs of inflation. It can be used in principles, intermediate macroeconomics, money and banking, or financial economics courses, with 860 students. It takes approximately 50 minutes to run and requires no computers.

Date: 2008
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