Monetary Policy with Negative Interest Rates: Decoupling Cash from Electronic Money

Author/Editor:

Katrin Assenmacher ; Signe Krogstrup

Publication Date:

August 27, 2018

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

Monetary policy space remains constrained by the lower bound in many countries, limiting the policy options available to address future deflationary shocks. The existence of cash prevents central banks from cutting interest rates much below zero. In this paper, we consider the practical feasibility of recent proposals for decoupling cash from electronic money to achieve a negative yield on cash which would remove the lower bound constraint on monetary policy. We discuss how central banks could design and operate such a system, and raise some unanswered questions.

Series:

Working Paper No. 18/191

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

August 27, 2018

ISBN/ISSN:

9781484370025/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2018191

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

31

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