Category: "currency / money"

The Interaction of Economists and Money Cranks in the Depression Years

Yesterday I ran a post that briefly delved into the connection between Keynes and the money cranks of the 1920s and 1930s. There I showed that Keynes’ ideas cannot be said to have been influenced in any substantial way by the money cranks. more »

Helicopter Money: The Illusion of a Free Lunch

Seven years on from the great financial crisis and despite central banks being seen by many as ‘the only game in town’, there has been a renewed push for monetary policy to experiment even further. One of the latest proposals is the revival of Milton Friedman’s ‘helicopter money’. more »

The Economics of Counterfeit Money

July 15th, 2016
in currency / money

Endogenous money theory, which is usually associated with the Post-Keynesian school of economics, has long told us that central banks do not control the supply of money in the economy. Instead the amount of money is determined by the demand for money which, in turn, is determined by the demand more »

Money and Banking, Part 16: FAQs about Monetary Systems

by Eric Tymoigne, New Economic Perspectives  The following answers a few question in order to illustrate the previous post and to develop certain points. Q1: Can a commodity be a monetary instrument? Or, does money grow on trees? more »

Exchange Rate Devaluations: When they can Work and Why

The effect of exchange rate devaluations on a country’s exports is frequently debated, with some supporting a strong impact and others suggesting no sizeable response of exports to relative price changes. This column argues that firm heterogeneity in terms of productivity and size can explain the opposing views. more »




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