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On the Markov Switching Welfare Cost of Inflation

Apostolos Serletis () and Wei Dai
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Wei Dai: University of Calgary

No 2019-12, Working Papers from Department of Economics, University of Calgary

Abstract: This paper uses the Markov switching approach to account for instabilities in the long- run money demand function and compute the welfare cost of inflation in the United States. In doing so, it circumvents the problem of data-mining of some earlier seminal contributions on these issues, allowing for complicated nonlinear dynamics and sudden changes in the parameters of the money demand function. Moreover, it extends the sample period, and investigates the robustness of results to alternative money demand specifications, monetary aggregation procedures, and assumptions regarding dynamics aspects of the money demand specification.

Keywords: Welfare cost of inflation; Markov regime switching; Divisia money (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C22 E41 E52 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019-08-30
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cba, nep-mac, nep-mon and nep-ore
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