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A Tale of Two Growth Engines: Interactive Effects of Monetary Policy and Intellectual Property Rights (with Angus C. Chu and Chih-Hsing Liao, published in JOURNAL OF MONEY, CREDIT and BANKING)

  • Author Angus C. Chu
    Ching-Chong Lai
    Chih-Hsing Liao
  • Abstract How do intellectual property rights that determine the market power of firms influence the effects of monetary policy? In a hybrid endogenous growth model in which R&D and capital accumulation are both engines of long-run economic growth, we find that monetary expansion hurts economic growth and social welfare by reducing R&D and capital accumulation. Furthermore, a larger market power of firms strengthens (weakens) these effects through the R&D (capital-accumulation) channel. Finally, we calibrate the model using data in the US and Euro Area to simulate the welfare cost of inflation and find that the R&D channel dominates in both economies.

  • Link https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1111/jmcb.12561(Open New Window)