Precautionary Demand for Money in a Monetary Business Cycle Model

Irina A. Telyukovay, Ludo Visschers

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Precautionary demand for money is significant in the data, and may have important implications for business cycle dynamics of velocity and other nominal aggregates. Accounting for such dynamics is a standing challenge in monetary macroeconomics: standard business cycle models that have incorporated money have failed to generate realistic predictions in this regard. In those models, the only uncertainty affecting money demand is aggregate. We investigate a model with uninsurable idiosyncratic uncertainty about liquidity need. The resulting precautionary motive for holding money produces substantial improvements in accounting for business cycle behavior of nominal variables, at no cost to real variables.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)900–916
JournalJournal of Monetary Economics
Issue number8
Early online date31 Aug 2013
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • precautionary money demand
  • idiosyncratic risk
  • business cycle
  • velocity of money


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