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Could eliminating all taxes and only creating new money theoretically work?

Imagine you had the opportunity to found a new country from scratch (in 2020). Value exchange would be digital, where only the state can create new currency units. Instead of relying on income tax ...
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What are the consequences of deflation in Japan?

Most of the literature I can find about deflation in Japan takes for granted that deflation is bad for the country. I can also find a lot of literature on why deflation is bad in theory. Is there any ...
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Does Dogecoin or Bitcoin have a more appropriate rate of monetary inflation?

The supply of new Bitcoins and Dogecoins is depicted in the graph below. The Bitcoin inflation rate is currently higher than the Dogecoin rate, but it reduces sharply to a rate close to zero. It ...
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Why is modest inflation a good thing? [duplicate]

I have been reading a BBC news article about inflation in the UK, which is saying that inflation has recently become negative (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-33147660). The article suggests that ...
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How and on what basis the inflation target is determined?

I have a question at the intersection of Economics and Politics. Every country has her own inflation target. But who, how and on what basis is it determined? Of course, we know that too big inflation ...
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Gold coins as currency?

My question is about gold standard. But not the version I always see mentioned (trading bills for gold at a set price). I mean having gold coins in circulation. For example, new currency consists ...
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Relation between budget deficit and inflation?

In Iran we have had a high inflation rate for several decades (usually above 20 percent). Some of the top economists of the country say that it is mainly because the government spending is ...
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Why is wage-induced inflation a bad thing?

More than once, I have heard on the news how the US Federal Reserve would raise interest rates to counter the risk of inflation, even when they indicate that the potential inflation would be caused by ...
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Why should prices come down (in theory) in an educated society with a well-run government?

In Chapter 1 of Robert Kiyosaki's "Rich Dad, Poor Dad", the rich dad says: "In an educated society with a well-run government, prices should actually come down". Is there any ...
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Why is an inflation rate of 2% optimal? [duplicate]

Learning from different sources I got the impression that the European Central Bank targets at a inflation rate of 2% (not sure along which time scale actually). Can it be explained by general ...
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Do we have an authoritative reason why inflation is bad?

We all know high inflation is bad. Bad things happen. However: Do we have an authoritative source explaining why inflation is bad and should be prevented? Has anyone pinpointed the main root cause or ...
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Is inflation good? [duplicate]

I was reading that the Spanish received so much gold from their occupation of the Americas, that they had a steep rise in inflation. This caused a rapid increase in investment, as the rich felt that ...
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Why is it that the "right" inflation is positive? [duplicate]

I have read in several places that inflation should be positive, at about 2%-3%. The most recent example was in this answer from another stack exchange site. How is this value obtained and under what ...
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Deflation and positive real interest rate [duplicate]

Economists say that deflation leads people to postpone their consumption because it increases the value of their money and gives them the ability to consume more in the future. But if a consumer saves ...
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How did the silver standard "insulate" China from the beginning of the Great Depression (1929-1931)

There is a segment from this article that I want to unpack: The Great Depression was a global crisis—almost. Every significant economy was devastated, with one notable exception: China. The reason ...
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