Insulation impossible: Monetary policy and regional debt spillovers in a federation

Russell Cooper, Hubert Kempf, Dan Peled

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This paper studies the effects of monetary policy in the presence of debt spillovers within a monetary union. When capital markets are integrated, the fiscal policy of any member country will generally influence equilibrium wages and interest rates across the whole union. We ask whether there exists a monetary policy which can offset these spillovers. Within a general class of monetary policy rules, there does not exist one that completely insulates agents in one region from fiscal policy in the other. These debt spillovers will affect welfare through two channels: intertemporal efficiency and redistribution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)465-491
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of the European Economic Association
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)


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