Asset Price Regulators, Unite: You have the Macroeconomy to Win and the Microeconomic Losses are Small

Publisher:
Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
Economic Record, 2011, 87 (278), pp. 449 - 464
Issue Date:
2011-01
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The global financial crisis (GFC) has rekindled debate about the desirability of governmental interference in asset markets either through the operation of policy levers, or through the chosen institutional setup. In this article, we quantify economic costs because of mispricing of real assets in the USAGE model of the USA. The microeconomic costs of misallocated capital are small. The model suggests that regulators (or central banks) who risk mispricing by influencing asset prices do so without incurring large economic costs.
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