Yes, public finance by government may lead to increase in money supply in economy. But, if govt borrows money from central bank, less amount of money is left with central bank to lend it to banks and hence less money supply in economy. I am unable to figure it out.


Central banks can create money 'out of nothing'. So for starters there isn't 'less amount' of money left with the central bank. The amount of money at the central bank is 'infinite'. So it's not because the CB lends X amount of money to the government, that the CB has X amount less money to lend to the banks, the supply of money is not constrained... Off course, creating too much money and monetizing debt can have negative consequences for sure (for example hyperinflation in extreme cases), but that's another discussion. See also here for more info about quantitative easing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TihoBfdCe8 and here: http://www.investopedia.com/terms/q/quantitative-easing.asp

Edit: comment from Energy numbers: strictly speaking government borrowing money from central banks doesn't increase the money supply, it only increases when the government spends the borrowed money.

  • $\begingroup$ so, that means govt. borrowing from central bank increases money supply in the economy?. @tibo $\endgroup$
    – Red Devil
    Jun 18 '16 at 8:01
  • $\begingroup$ Yeah, your edited comment seems right. Thanks man @tibo $\endgroup$
    – Red Devil
    Jun 27 '16 at 7:59
  • $\begingroup$ would you maybe mark it as an 'answered question' then please? thanks in advance. $\endgroup$
    – tibo
    Jun 27 '16 at 8:47

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.