Government Finance in a Model of Currency Substitution

Author/Editor:

Lihong Liu ; Anne C. Sibert

Publication Date:

October 1, 1993

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Summary:

Our model is a variant of the cash-in-advance model. Goods must be purchased in the seller’s currency, but currency may be traded before shopping at a cost. This cost is a measure of substitutability. The model is applied to seignorage taxation. We show that optimal money growth is positive and increasing in substitutability if and only if first- and second-period consumption are gross substitutes. If governments act independently, money growth is suboptimally low if currencies are sufficiently substitutable and too high otherwise.

Series:

Working Paper No. 93/80

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

October 1, 1993

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451955477/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA0801993

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

36

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