Questions tagged [monetary-policy]

Monetary policy is the process by which the monetary authority of a country controls the supply of money, often targeting an inflation rate or interest rate to ensure price stability and general trust in the currency. Further goals of a monetary policy are usually to contribute to economic growth and stability, to low unemployment, and to predictable exchange rates with other currencies.

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Is zero inflation desirable?

Is zero inflation really desirable? To be more precise: Does inflation in real life have benefits that in some situations outweigh its social cost? E.g.: it works as a disincentive against holding ...
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Implications of abolishing Fractional Reserve Banking on mortgages and interest rates

Suppose for a moment that someone with legislative power decides to abolish Fractional Reserve Banking and passes a law that forces banks to only lend the money they own, that is M0. What would be the ...
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From an economics perspective, what are the ramifications of a currency with fixed money supply?

I'm thinking specifically of bitcoins. What are the pros and cons of having a fixed number of coins, as opposed to more "normal" currencies? Would the currency have no inflation?
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Are there any examples of tariffs working?

Nations have imposed tariffs on goods for many reasons throughout the ages. Are there any examples of a tariff actually succeeding at its intended goals? When I research tariffs, I find countless ...
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How is monetary policy fair in the current economy? [closed]

I've just read Money Creation in the Modern Economy, an article published by the Bank of England. This article brings about a lot of questions in my mind. This article talks about money being created ...
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Consequences to lending and value of national currency from a negative interest rate and 140-year mortgages in Sweden

According to an article at Yahoo Finance, the Swedish central bank dropped its zero interest rate to -0.1 percent a couple of days ago (the article is dated to Thursday, February 12th, 2015). Now, ...
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The Printing of Money for Paying Debt

I know that printing money causes inflation, but what if we print it to pay back our debts? For example, we have N dollars of debt to China. We can just print the N dollars and give it to China. ...
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Currency substitution after withdrawal from a currency union?

Currency substitution is the situation where a country uses a foreign currency. For example, Montenegro and Kosovo unilaterally use the euro, El Salvador and Panama unilaterally use the dollar. In ...
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Why should I get a bond with negative interest instead of having a bank deposit account either zero interest or positive interest

I don't get why central banks apply negative interest rates. They say that buy our bond and at the maturity, it will worth less than today. What is the policy outcome of such decision? Why an investor ...
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Wouldn't abolition of cash give rise to a substitute currency?

Some countries (e.g. Sweden and Denmark) plan to abolish physical cash in the future and restrict the use of cash to electronical deposits. One of the reasons for this is to prevent hoarding / boost ...
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What's quantitative easing?

From what I understand after reading mainstream media, quantitative easing increases the supply of money in the economy without direct government spending (fiscal policy). It seems to have all the ...
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Why lower the deposit rate if it is already negative?

The European Central Bank (ECB) has been lowering the interest rate on its deposit facility, first to -0.1% in June 2014, then to -0.2% in September and eventually to -0.3% in December 2015. But what ...
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Who regulates the balancing of the books for commercial banks and how is this done? Is it public information?

I've just read Money Creation in the Modern Economy, an article published by the Bank of England. This article brings about a lot of questions in my mind. This article talks about money being created ...
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How does a national budget differ from a household budget?

We are often told by pundits that "Country X cannot spend more than they take in in revenue, because a house that makes A and spends B will always collapse if B>A". Essentially the siren calls of a ...
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Why can't countries print another country's currency?

Counterfeiting money is clearly a difficult thing for individuals, but surely a country should have no problems counterfeiting another country's currency. Why don't countries do it? For example, for ...
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What major monetary policy actions were taken during the Great Recession (2007-2009)?

What major monetary policy actions were taken during the Great Recession (2007-2009)? Quantitative easing and unconventional policy actions such as asset purchases and "forward guidance". I think I'm ...
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Why should Greece destroy their cash euros?

Leading economists in my country (Sweden) recommend and predict that (in the case of default) the Greek government will destroy all the euro bills in the country. Making holes in them and stamp them ...
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Limits to Quantitative Easing Programmes

I have been reading recently on the quantitative easing programmes by the ECB and the BOJ, see http://www.cnbc.com/2016/04/07/what-the-bank-of-japan-boj-will-do-now-that-negative-rates-have-...
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Abenomics and the Japanese VAT tax hike

Abenomics seems to me like a straightforward and modern plan of economic reflation through monetary easing and some attempt at structural reform. While it's still early, it looks like many of the ...
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Negative interest rates - Monetary Policy

(This is 1st part of series of questions under "Negative interest rates") I've happen to stumble on two articles, with some weeks, that the central bank(CB) of switzerland, due to Russia ruble crisis,...
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Market clearing condition with Walras law

I have a diamond overlapping model The question is as follows Let us consider an infinitely lived production economy populated at time t by $N_t$ identical and perfectly competitive adult ...
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How could monetary policy be affected if cash “gifts” to consumers were more frequently used?

A few years ago in the US, everyone who filed taxes received a check for $1000. If this method of inflation was logistically more feasible, how could this be used in monetary policy, and what ...
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Why does changing the value a currency help/hurt exports if sellers can just inflate/deflate prices to match the change?

1) I make widgets and sell them for $10. 2) The government reduces the value of my currency by 10%. 3) The market value of my widgets is the same as before, so I raise my prices to $11 and I can ...
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Can banks maintain Euro accounts if the country they're in leaves the eurozone?

If a country forcibly leaves the Eurozone, is it possible for banks within this country to maintain existing euro deposits? Or does leaving the eurozone mean those deposits are automatically ...
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How do central banks regulate the money supply to avoid inflation?

It is a tricky problem. Historically, poor control money supply led to inflation. Out of control money supply led to hyperinflation. Central banks seem to do a wonderful job in recent years with ...
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Why did the rate of money supply growth accelerate from 1993-96 in the United States?

Even though the rate of growth in the monetary base decelerated — and the money multiplier decreased for the most part — from 1993-96 in the United States, the growth rate of the M2 money stock still ...
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Isn't the liquidity trap about real interest rates?

Here is a so-called thought experiment. Suppose the inflation rate is negative, the nominal interest rate slightly negative, and the real interest rate positive (call it $r$). I think people would ...