Optimal Monetary and Fiscal Policy with Limited Asset Market Participation

35 Pages Posted: 28 Jul 2009

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Sven Jari Stehn

Brasenose College; International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Date Written: July 2009


This paper characterises the jointly optimal monetary and fiscal stabilisation policy in a new Keynesian model that allows for consumers who lacking access to asset markets consume their disposable income each period. With full asset market participation, the optimal policy relies entirely on the interest rate to stabilise cost-push shocks and government expenditure is not changed. When asset market participation is limited, there is a case for fiscal stabilisation policy. Active use of public spending raises aggregate welfare because it enables a more balanced distribution of the stabilisation burden across asset-holding and non-asset-holding consumers. The optimal response of government expenditure is sensitive to the financing scheme and whether the policymaker has access to a targeted transfer that can directly redistribute resources between consumers.

Keywords: Capital markets, Economic models, Financial assets, Fiscal policy, Government expenditures, Monetary policy, Stabilization measures

Suggested Citation

Stehn, Sven Jari, Optimal Monetary and Fiscal Policy with Limited Asset Market Participation (July 2009). IMF Working Papers, Vol. , pp. 1-34, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1438846

Sven Jari Stehn (Contact Author)

Brasenose College ( email )

Oxford OX1 4AJ
United Kingdom

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

700 19th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20431
United States

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