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On the Sluggish Response of Prices to Money in an Inventory-Theoretic Model of Money Demand

Fernando Alvarez, Andrew Atkeson, Chris Edmond

NBER Working Paper No. 10016
Issued in October 2003
NBER Program(s):   ME

We exposit the link between money, velocity and prices in an inventory-theoretic model of the demand for money and explore the extent to which such a model can account for the short-run volatility of velocity, the negative correlation of velocity and the ratio of money to consumption, and the resulting stickiness' of the aggregate price level relative to a benchmark model with constant velocity. We find that an inventory-theoretic model of the demand for money is a natural framework for understanding these aspects of the dynamics of money, velocity and prices in the short run.

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