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Title: 'The "Mystery of the Printing Press" Monetary Policy and Self-fulfilling Debt Crises'. Presenter: Prof. Giancarlo Corsetti (Cambridge University and CEPR).

Detail Summary
Date 28 October 2014
Time 12:30 - 14:00
Location Roeterseilandcampus - building M
Room Room M0.01


Sovereign debt crises may be driven by either self-fulfilling expectations of default or fundamental fiscal stress. This paper studies the mechanisms by which either conventional or unconventional monetary policy can rule out the former. Conventional monetary policy is modelled as a standard choice of inflation, while unconventional policy as outright purchases in the debt market. By intervening in the sovereign debt market, the central bank effectively swaps risky government paper for monetary liabilities only exposed to inflation risk and thus yielding a lower interest rate. We show that, provided fiscal and monetary authorities share the same objective function, there is a minimum threshold for the size of interventions at which a backstop rules out self-fulfilling default without eliminating the possibility of fundamental default under fiscal stress. Fundamental default risk does not generally undermine the credibility of a backstop, nor does it foreshadow runaway inflation, even when the central bank is held responsible for its own losses. (Joint work with Luca Dedola from the ECB and CEPR).

Time and location

The seminar will take place in room M0.01 (in the M-building of the UvA Roeterseiland campus) from 12:30 to 14:00. Lunch will be provided.

Roeterseilandcampus - building M
Roeterseilandcampus - building M

Room Room M0.01

Plantage Muidergracht 12
1018 TV Amsterdam

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