Optimal Fiscal and Monetary Policy with Nominal and Indexed Debt

Author/Editor:

Thomas F. Cosimano ; Michael T. Gapen

Publication Date:

November 1, 2003

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper highlights the importance of debt composition in setting optimal fiscal and monetary policy over short-run business cycles and in the long run. Nominal debt as state-contingent debt can be a significant policy tool to reduce the volatility of distortionary government policy, thereby reducing macroeconomic volatility while increasing equilibrium output and consumption. The welfare gain from using nominal debt to hedge against shocks to the government budget is as large as the welfare gain from the ability to issue debt.

Series:

Working Paper No. 03/225

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

November 1, 2003

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451875379/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2252003

Format:

Paper

Pages:

39

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