The welfare cost of anticipated inflation is quantified in a calibrated model of the U.S. economy that exhibits tractable equilibrium dispersion in wealth and earnings. Inflation does not generate large losses in societal welfare, yet its impact varies noticeably across segments of society depending also on the financial sophistication of the economy. If money is the only asset, then inflation mostly hurts the wealthier and more productive agents, while those poorer and less productive may even benefit from inflation. The converse holds in a more sophisticated financial environment where agents can insure against consumption risk with assets other than money.

Financial sophistication and the distribution of the welfare cost of inflation / Boel, Paola; Camera, Gabriele*. - In: JOURNAL OF MONETARY ECONOMICS. - ISSN 0304-3932. - STAMPA. - 56:7(2009), pp. 968-978. [10.1016/j.jmoneco.2009.09.001]

Financial sophistication and the distribution of the welfare cost of inflation

Camera, Gabriele
2009

Abstract

The welfare cost of anticipated inflation is quantified in a calibrated model of the U.S. economy that exhibits tractable equilibrium dispersion in wealth and earnings. Inflation does not generate large losses in societal welfare, yet its impact varies noticeably across segments of society depending also on the financial sophistication of the economy. If money is the only asset, then inflation mostly hurts the wealthier and more productive agents, while those poorer and less productive may even benefit from inflation. The converse holds in a more sophisticated financial environment where agents can insure against consumption risk with assets other than money.
2009
Financial sophistication and the distribution of the welfare cost of inflation / Boel, Paola; Camera, Gabriele*. - In: JOURNAL OF MONETARY ECONOMICS. - ISSN 0304-3932. - STAMPA. - 56:7(2009), pp. 968-978. [10.1016/j.jmoneco.2009.09.001]
Boel, Paola; Camera, Gabriele*
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