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Distributional role of monetary policy under limited credit access

Devika Hazra

Research in Economics, 2018, vol. 72, issue 4, 494-510

Abstract: The paper explores the redistributive effects of a monetary policy shock in a limited participation framework with limited credit access. Expansionary monetary policy redistributes consumption from traders to non-traders. This redistribution is the largest when only financial market participants have a choice between multiple means of payments while non-participants do not. Welfare analysis reveals that the effectiveness of monetary policy on the economy is the greatest when all agents (financial market participants and nonparticipants) can choose from alternative means of payment in a financially segmented model. The model is calibrated to the US economy for quantitative analysis.

Keywords: Cash-Credit choice; Policy; Choice of payment methods; Limited participation; Limited credit (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E5 E4 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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