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Berentsen, Aleksander; Rocheteau, Guillaume (2002). On the Efficiency of Monetary Exchange: How Divisibility of Money Matters. Working paper series / Institute for Empirical Research in Economics No. 101, University of Zurich.

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"We use alternative assumptions about the divisibility of goods and money and thenability of agents to use lotteries on money to investigate to what extent the indivisi-bilitynof money is the cause for the typically ine .cient production and consumption decisions in search-theoretic models of money. Our framework potentially generates three types of inefficiencies: the no-trade inefficiency, where no trade takes place even though it would be socially efficient to trade; and the too-much-trade and too-little-trade inefficiencies, where the quantities produced and exchanged are either larger or smaller than what the solution to a social planner’s problem would mandate. It is shown that while the no-trade and the too-much-trade inefficiencies are caused by the indivisibility of money, the too-little-trade inefficiency remains even when money is divisible unless it is sufficiently valued."

Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Working Paper Series > Institute for Empirical Research in Economics (former)
DDC:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:January 2002
Deposited On:29 Nov 2011 22:26
Last Modified:09 Jul 2012 07:02
Series Name:Working paper series / Institute for Empirical Research in Economics
ISSN:1424-0459
Official URL:http://www.econ.uzh.ch/wp.html

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