# What does L mean in the money demand equation?

(M/P)^d=L(i,Y)

M=Money supply

P=Price

d=Demand

i=Nominal interest rate

Y=?Output

Does L mean liquidity? Or does it simply mean that the LHS depends on i and Y?

Thank you!

• Why ask something on Econ StackExchange that you can google in 5 seconds? Commented Sep 19, 2022 at 8:54
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• Which one is correct please: "Does L mean liquidity? Or does it simply mean that the LHS depends on i and Y?" Thank you!!
– povt
Commented Sep 20, 2022 at 8:14

$$L$$ means simply that the money demand depends on $$i$$ and $$Y$$. You could have written $$f(i, Y)$$ or $$\gamma (i, Y)$$ or what you prefer, it's the same, from an analytical point of view.
However, it is usual to write $$L$$ for mnemonic purposes or to make clearer, at first sight, what the symbol refers to from an economic point of view, that is the money demand function. As you write $$I$$ for investment or $$C$$ for consumption, and don't write, say, $$Z$$ for investment or $$\eta$$ for consumption.
Obviously, the letter $$L$$ is borrowed from 'Liquidity'.