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Title: On Money As a Latent Medium of Exchange

Author(s): Ricardo Lagos and Shengxing Zhang

Publication Date: October 2019

Keyword(s): Cashless, credit, liquidity, monetary policy and money

Programme Area(s): Monetary Economics and Fluctuations

Abstract: We formulate a generalization of the traditional medium-of-exchange function of money in contexts where there is imperfect competition in the intermediation of credit, settlement, or payment services used to conduct transactions. We find that the option to settle transactions directly with money strengthens the stance of sellers of goods and services vis-a-vis intermediaries. We show this mechanism is operative even for sellers who never exercise the option to sell for cash, and that these latent money demand considerations imply monetary policy remains effective through medium-of-exchange channels even if the share of monetary transactions is arbitrarily small.

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Lagos, R and Zhang, S. 2019. 'On Money As a Latent Medium of Exchange'. London, Centre for Economic Policy Research.