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On the instability of long-run money demand and the welfare cost of inflation in the U.S.

Urga, G. and Mogliani, M. (2018). On the instability of long-run money demand and the welfare cost of inflation in the U.S.. Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, doi: 10.1111/jmcb.12480

Abstract

We evaluate the policy implications of measuring the welfare cost of inflation accounting for instabilities in the long-run money demand for the U.S. over the period 1900-2013. We extend the analysis and reassess the results reported in Lucas (2000) and Ireland (2009), also considering the recent theoretical contributions of Lucas and Nicolini (2015) and Berentsen et al. (2015). Breaks in the long-run money demand give rise to regime-dependent welfare cost estimates. We find that the welfare cost is about 0.1% of annual income over 1976-2013, as compared to 0.8% over 1945-1975. Overall, these values are substantially lower than those reported in the literature.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Urga, G. & Mogliani, M. (2017) 'On the Instability of Long-run Money Demand and the Welfare Cost of Inflation in the U.S.' Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, which is to be published in final form at http://doi.org/10.1111/jmcb.12480. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Publisher Keywords: Money Demand, Structural Changes, Welfare Cost of Inflation
Departments: Cass Business School > Finance
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/18515
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