650 PART TEN MONEY AND PRICES IN THE LONG RUN the short run. Later in this book we will examine the reasons for short-run mone-tary nonneutrality in order to enhance our understanding of the causes and costs of inflation. A S WE HAVE SEEN , UNEXPECTED CHANGES in the price level redistribute wealth among debtors and creditors. This would no longer be true if debt con-tracts were written in real, rather than nominal, terms. In 1997 the U.S. Trea-sury started issuing bonds with a return indexed to the price level. In the following article, written a few months before the policy was imple-mented, two prominent economists discuss the merits of this policy. Inflation Fighters for the Long Term B Y J OHN Y. C AMPBELL AND R OBERT J. S HILLER Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin an-nounced on Thursday that the govern-ment plans to issue inflation-indexed bonds—that is, bonds whose interest and principal payments are adjusted upward for inflation, guaranteeing their real purchasing power in the future. This is a historic moment. Econo-
This is the end of the preview. Sign up
access the rest of the document.