Monetary Policy and Asset Prices: A Mechanism Design Approach

Tai Wei Hu, Guillaume Rocheteau

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We investigate the effects of monetary policy on asset prices in economies where assets are traded periodically in bilateral meetings. The trading mechanism is designed to maximize social welfare taking as given the frictions in the environment and monetary policy. We show that asset price "bubbles" emerge in a constrained-efficient monetary equilibrium only if liquidity is abundant and the first-best allocation is implementable. In contrast, if liquidity is scarce, assets are priced at their fundamental value in any constrained-efficient monetary equilibrium, in which case an increase in inflation has no effect on asset prices, but it reduces output and welfare.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-76
Number of pages38
JournalJournal of Money, Credit and Banking
Issue numberS2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2015


  • Asset prices
  • Liquidity
  • Mechanism design
  • Money
  • Pairwise trades

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics


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