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Scarce collateral, the term premium, and quantitative easing


Abstract: A model of money, credit, and banking is constructed in which the differential pledgeability of collateral and the scarcity of collateralizable wealth lead to a term premium ? an upward-sloping nominal yield curve. Purchases of long-maturity government debt by the central bank are always a good idea, but for unconventional reasons. A floor system is preferred to a channel system, as a floor system permits welfare-improving asset purchases by the central bank.

JEL Classification: E5; E4;

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Provider: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Part of Series: Working Papers

Publication Date: 2014-01-15

Number: 2014-8

Pages: 36 pages