Stochastic inflation and government provision of indexed bonds

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This paper examines the consequences of using indexed bonds as one of the government financing instruments, along with money and taxes. It is shown that open market operations between money and indexed bonds do not matter in a real sense despite their different risk characteristics. Increasing the share of indexed bonds in the government portfolio increases the volatility and the conditional mean of real rates of return on money. When provided by means other than open market operations, indexed bonds can affect the allocation of resources, but these reallocations cannot be Pareto-improving.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)291-308
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Monetary Economics
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1985
Externally publishedYes

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*Neil Wallace’s advice was instrumental for this research. I have also benefited from constructive comments by Zvi Pckstein, Martin Eichenbaum, Stephen LeRoy, Bennett McCall~, AlIan Melher, Charles Plosser and an anonymous referee. Shortcomings, however, are my own. This research was supported by NSF grant SES8107253. ‘Newsweek, October 14, 1981; April 19, 1982.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics


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