Creator: Champ, Bruce, Wallace, Neil, and Weber, Warren E. Series: Staff report (Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Research Department) Number: 161 Abstract:
According to previous studies, the demand-liability feature of national bank notes did not present a problem for note-issuing banks because the nonbank public treated notes and other currency as perfect substitutes. However, that view, when combined with nonbindingness of the collateral restriction against note issue, itself an implication of the fact that some eligible collateral was not used for that purpose, implies that the safe short-term interest rate is pegged at the tax rate on note circulation. Since evidence on short-term interest rates is inconsistent with such a peg, that view must be rejected.
关键词: Bank notes, National banking system, and Interest rates 学科: E42 - Monetary Systems; Standards; Regimes; Government and the Monetary System; Payment Systems and N21 - Economic History: Financial Markets and Institutions: U.S.; Canada: Pre-1913
Creator: Manuelli, Rodolfo E. and Wallace, Neil Series: Working paper (Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Research Department) Number: 252 Abstract:
We study an overlapping generations model which contains a capital good that resembles actual gold. This capital good can he stored without physically depreciating and can, by using other resources, be converted back and forth between gold jewelry which yields utility directly and raw gold which does not.Under the assumption that the three utility-yielding objects—first and second period consumption and jewelry—are gross substitutes, stationary equilibria are shown to exist and are characterized; for some parameter values, there are inefficient equilibria, while for others there are efficient equilibria. Both types can be interpreted as commodity money equilibria.
Cover note : "An earlier version of this paper was presented at a seminar at MIT."
关键词: Commodity money system, Commodity money equilibrium, Overlapping generations model, Capital goods, Commodities, and Commodity prices 学科: D51 - Exchange and Production Economies and E42 - Monetary Systems; Standards; Regimes; Government and the Monetary System; Payment Systems
Creator: Wallace, Neil Series: Working paper (Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Research Department) Number: 081 Abstract:
This paper argues that versions of Samuelson/Cass-Yaari overlapping-generations consumption-loans models ought to be taken seriously as models of fiat money. The case is made by summarizing and interpreting what these models have to say about fiat money and by arguing that these properties are robust in the sense that they can be expected to hold in any model of fiat money. Two of the properties establish the connection between, on the one hand, the existence of equilibria in which value is attached to a fixed stock of fiat money and, on the other hand, the optimality of such equilibria and the nonoptimality of nonfiat-money equilibria. Other properties describe aspects of the tenuousness of monetary equilibria in such models: The nonuniqueness of such equilibria in the sense that there always exists a nonfiat-money equilibrium and the dependence of the existence of the monetary equilibrium on the physical characteristics of other potential assets and on other institutional features like the tax-transfer scheme in effect. Rather than being defects of these models, it is argued that this tenuousness is helpful in interpreting various monetary systems and, in any case, is unavoidable; it will turn up in any good model of fiat money. Still other properties summarize what these models imply about the connection—or, better, lack of such— between fiat money and private borrowing and lending (financial intermediation) and what they imply about country-specific monies.
关键词: Valued fiat money, Overlapping-generations models, and Pattern-of-exchange problem 学科: C68 - Computable General Equilibrium Models and E42 - Monetary Systems; Standards; Regimes; Government and the Monetary System; Payment Systems
Creator: Wallace, Neil and Zhou, Ruilin Series: Working paper (Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Research Department) Number: 569 Abstract:
Until the mid-19th century, shortages of currency were sometimes serious problems. One common response was to prohibit the export of coins. We use a random matching model with indivisible money to explain a shortage and to judge the desirability of a prohibition on the export of coins. The model, although extreme in many regards, represents better than earlier models a demand for outside money and the problems that arise when that money is indivisible. It can also rationalize a prohibition on the export of coins.
关键词: Indivisible money, Export of coins, and Currency shortage 学科: N10 - Economic History: Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics; Industrial Structure; Growth; Fluctuations: General, International, or Comparative, E40 - Money and Interest Rates: General, and E42 - Monetary Systems; Standards; Regimes; Government and the Monetary System; Payment Systems
Creator: Aiyagari, S. Rao, Wallace, Neil, and Wright, Randall D. Series: Working paper (Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Research Department) Number: 550 Abstract:
A random matching model with money is used to study the nominal yield on small denomination, bearer, safe, discount securities issued by the government. There is always one steady state with matured securities circulating at par and, for some parameters, another with them circulating at a discount. In the former, a necessary and sufficient condition for a positive nominal yield on not-yet-matured securities is exogenous discriminatory treatment of them by the government. In the latter, the post-maturity discount on securities induces a deeper pre-maturity discount even without such discriminatory treatment.
关键词: Money, Interest rates, and Monetary policy 学科: E43 - Interest Rates: Determination, Term Structure, and Effects, E41 - Demand for Money, E40 - Money and Interest Rates: General, and E42 - Monetary Systems; Standards; Regimes; Government and the Monetary System; Payment Systems