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Monetary Policy with Negative Interest Rates: De-linking Cash from Digital Money

Katrin Assenmacher () and Signe Krogstrup

International Journal of Central Banking, 2021, vol. 17, issue 1, 67-106

Abstract: Monetary policy space remains constrained by the lower bound on nominal interest rates in many countries, limiting the policy options available to address future deflationary shocks. The existence of cash prevents central banks from cutting interest rates much below zero. In this paper, we consider the practical feasibility of recent proposals for de-linking cash from digital money to achieve a negative yield on cash which would remove the lower bound constraint on monetary policy. We discuss how central banks could design and operate such a system, and highlight some issues that require further research.

JEL-codes: E42 E52 E58 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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