Time-Inconsistent Discounting and the Friedman Rule: The Role of Non-Unitary Discounting
Takeo Hori () and
Koichi Futagami ()
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Takeo Hori: Department of Industrial Engineering and Economics, School of Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology
No 18-04, Discussion Papers in Economics and Business from Osaka University, Graduate School of Economics
We examine the optimality of the Friedman rule by considering recent developments in behavioral economics. We construct a simple macroeconomic model where agents discount consumption and leisure at different rates. We also consider a standard exponential discounting model and a hyperbolic discounting model, assuming that the same discounting applies to both consumption and leisure. Money is introduced via a cash-in-advance constraint. Although the three models are observationally equivalent, they provide different policy implications. The Friedman rule is optimal in the latter two models, whereas it is not optimal in the first model when agents discount consumption at a higher rate than leisure.
Keywords: Non-unitary discount rate; Hyperbolic discounting; Exponential discounting; Friedman rule; Optimal inflation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E5 E71 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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