Seigniorage as a Tax: A Quantitative Evaluation

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  • 132
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  • 1991-01
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  • In this paper we analyze the efficacy of seignorage as a tax associated with various monetary arrangements in a computable general equilibrium model. For the economies examined, we find that seignorage tax is not a good one relative to a tax on labor income. If the after-tax real return is –5 percent, as it was in the 1974–1978 period, welfare is approximately 0.5 percent of consumption lower than it would be if the after-tax return were zero.

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  • Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Research Department
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