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a generally accepted form of money, including coins and paper notes , which is issued by a government and circulated within an economy.

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Why isn't high inflation along with robust welfare a 'good' system?

High inflation, by definition, means that the demand for goods and services is higher compared to the demand for currency. In other words, people are more willing to give up currency for goods and ...
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If Lebanon has a shortage of dollars, are USD donations meaningless?

I was reading about the dollar crisis in Yemen the other day, which mentioned that even people who owned dollars couldn’t withdraw them. If the situation with Lebanon’s currency is similar, what ...
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What are the benefits of reducing zeroes from currency (eg: Iran)?

Recently, Iran decided to replace its old currency to a new one. Quoted from Wikipedia A proposal has been agreed to by the Iranian parliament to drop four zeros, by replacing the rial with a new ...
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Are financial markets “unique” for each “currency pair”, or are they simply “translated”?

This is something I've been long wondering about. Let's say that I have statistics showing the daily closing Bitcoin price in USD since early 2009. Great. Now, if I wanted to get the daily closing ...
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Who owns money?

Bishop Nicole Oresme (1320-1382), in the first monetary treatise, wrote: CHAPTER VI: Who owns the Money? (Cuius sit ipsa moneta?) Although it is the duty of the prince to put his stamp on the money ...
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Creating a pragmatic, useable (not theory heavy) proxy for a currency basket for a set of economies

This is currently, a gedanken experiment, but may well form the basis of a whitepaper - or better still, an actual project. I am trying to come up with a practical way of creating a "currency ...
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Should Finland leave the eurozone?

Finland's economic recovery from the shock of the global financial crisis of 2007–2008 has been very weak. The country has been in recession for the past three years, with GDP expected to expand by ...
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Big Mac Index based on other products or services?

The Big Mac Index compares the cost of a McDonalds Big Mac in different currencies around the world. In doing so, it provides: an informal way of measuring the purchasing power parity (PPP) between ...
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What are the advantages of using euro for Greece?

Theoretical benefits of using unified currency are well known and described in many places like https://www.economicshelp.org/europe/benefits-euro/ However, reality (or more comprehensive analysis) ...
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Calculating the amount paid for a loan in today's dollars

So I was trying to figure out the amount paid for a loan in today's dollars using two different methods but they give me different results. I was hoping that someone could explain which method is ...
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Why doesn't Dollar exchange rate go down?

I am from India and my question is related to conditions based in India which may be applicable to other countries as well. Dollar value is gradually rising in India. I was trying to understand why. ...
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What is the effect of currency depreciation on import prices?

In Macroeconomics: A European Perspective (3rd ed., Blanchard, Amighini and Giavazzi), when discussing the reason for differences in the GDP deflator and the HICP for the EU, it states the following ...
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Currency and GDP

USA's GDP (at this time) is ~21 trillion dollards, and UK's is ~2.8 trillion dollars, then how come UK's currency is more than USA's. By that I mean, 1 GBP gets you more than 1 USD.
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Should we get rid of the Penny?

Jeff Gore has suggested scrapping the 1 cent coins a few years ago. Why doesn't the US cancel the pennies? Is it that terrible to the economics to keep the copper coin? As mentioned in the comments, ...
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Relationship between government expenditure and exchange rate?

I've read an increase in government expenditure can lead to increase the chances of currency crisis but shouldn't it lead to the opposite? Fiscal deficit ----> Govt will undertake borrowings --->...
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How can a currency be tied to a commodity like energy?

To make a stable (crypto)currency it basically needs to be tied to a thing of value that can not be just flooded onto the market with minimal effort. I think energy is the ideal thing to tie a ...
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Is the debt owed to resourceful producers by resourceless consumers practically irrepayable?

Here is my argument for the debt owned by resourceless consumers to resourceful producers (as currency, bonds, loans, or other means). Is it correct? If not, where am I going wrong? Economic value is ...
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For stability, is there a limit to the sovereign debt that a Government owes to itself against issued fiat currency?

Looking beyond the optical illusion of Governments owing debt to Central Banks, Governments effectively owe themselves the sovereign debt created against issued fiat currency. By definition, there ...
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Why don't Governments do away with the optics of taking on debt against new currency, and instead issue a limited currency every year (say 5% of GDP)?

Governments engage in the optical illusion of taking on debt against issued currency. The debt is effectively owed by the Government to itself. The value of the debt is completely controlled and ...
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Oliver Hart said that financing deficits by printing money can lead to hyperinflation “once the economy is close to full capacity”. What does he mean?

In response to a poll on Modern Monetary Theory, Nobel Laureate Oliver Hart said that Governments financing deficits by printing more money "can quickly lead to inflation or even hyperinflation ...
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Is it theoretically possible for a singular national currency to exist under a free banking system?

Free Banking is a proposed monetary system, usually by Austrian Economists, as an alternative to the prevalent Central Banking system. Under this arrangement, commercial banks would issue their own ...
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Can banks 'create' money on their own or do they need help from other banks?

My current understanding of the banking money multiplication process goes as follows: Alice comes along and deposits 100 cash into Bank A. Bank A gains 100 in vault cash (reserves) as an asset and 100 ...
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Is there any pressure to keep currency exchange rates around 1?

I notice that for any pair of currencies, the exchange rates seem to stay around 1 (as opposed to, say, 1,000,000). This is no longer the case if one country experiences an economic crisis that ...
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Currency Devaluation - As a Means of Paying Off Debt

From https://www.sapling.com/8117368/debt-handled-currency-devaluation: Currency devaluation will not only affect consumer debts, but it will affect how a country pays back its national debt. If a ...
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How digital currency (like Bitcoin) proponents solve the problem of its high volatility to make it a good candidate to replace fiat?

I have recently read an article about a family living with no fiat currency for several years. Indeed there are lots of advantages of using a digital currency. I am wondering if having an important ...
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Is Currency Devaluation a cause or effect of interest rates?

I understand that Federal bank/Goverment can manipulate the currency market and devalue its currency by printing more money or buying foreign currencies/assets (essentially increasing the supply of ...
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Why does Bimetallism require international cooperation to have a chance at succeeding?

I was reading the Britannica encylopedia's article about Bimetallism and under the arguments put forth against it, they cite that bimetallism doesn't work without international cooperation. Could ...
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Conversion of GDP PPP International \$ 2005 into GDP PPP International \$ 2011

Essentially I have two different datasets that I'm trying to consolidate. One set of data comes from the World Bank Databank, and is a set of historical GDP PPP values for all countries expressed in ...
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Math based proof for currency changes (microeconomics)

This isn't part of my homework but I am genuinely interested in the mathematical proof behind this question (this is my line of work currently). I tried to work through it but after 2 hours gave up. ...
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Is fiat currency better than a backed-currency?

My question is would it be better if we went back to something like a gold standard but backed by a finite virtual material instead? It avoids the problem of fluctuations in gold supply. The money-...
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What happened to the Zimbabwe cash dollar after the introduction of Dollarization?

Let's say, before dollarization, I owned 1 million Zimbabwean dollars in cash and the next day dollarization went into effect. So in dollarization, the current Zimbabwean dollars will be invalid and ...
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Why does the United States have a fungible currency?

Given all the problems of money laundering and black market money entering the market why does the US have a fungible currency at all? If I put my totalitarian hat on it would make sense for every ...
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On what basis, is currency created?

This is more like a homework question. I am quite a beginner. I would appreciate any help, preferably with less technical terms, that guides me in the right direction. I went through the Wikipedia ...
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Demand Curve of Foreign Exchange

My high-school Macroeconomics textbook states that 'There is an inverse relationship between the price of foreign currency, or exchange rate, and demand for foreign exchange. When the exchange rate ...
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Why did the pound sterling lose its reserve status to USD?

Why did the pound sterling lose it reserve status to USD? Was this due to some agreement during the Bretton Woods negotiations?
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Famous recent paper on monetary Unions

do you know any (theoretical or empirical) recent famous paper about monetary unions ? I heard that topics like "monetary unions at ZLB" or "fiscal coordination during crisis time" ...
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Log deviation from steady state - understanding a journal paper

I hope a question like this is fair game on this website! I'm doing some research for my thesis, and have come across what seems to be a pretty simple model - two countries, A (representing the USA) ...
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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 is the effect on GDP when foreigners buy lots of domestic bonds?

I am trying to figure out the effect on GDP of foreigners buying lots of domestic bonds. From what I understand, when foreigners buy lots of domestic bonds: They need to convert their foreign ...
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Can the U.S print infinite money? [duplicate]

I know that a country can't simply print money to pay debt, since it would only lower the value of the money, i. e. cause inflation. But what about the U.S? Since their new printed money is very ...
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How interest rate affects currency

I am quite new to economics. I was reading about changes in interest rates and its effect on currency value. The fact is as interest rates increases, the currency value also increases and vice versa....
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Why does a current account deficit contribute to making a country a “sitting duck” for currency speculators?

George Soros had this to say about the factors surrounding his famous short of the British pound: The U.K. had a large current-account deficit…, modest FX reserves and no capital controls to rebuff ...
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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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What's a “relative pair trade” for currencies?

Is the U.S. Dollar About to Crash? – Pairagraph The way I see currencies is that they are a relative pair trade. Against gold, with its stability characteristics, I don't like the US dollar. But ...
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How does a bank convert one currency to another?

Say for example I sell ZAR and buy USD. What happens behind the scenes so that the local ZAR bank is able to deposit USD into my account? Does the bank require some sort of USD cash reserve? How do ...
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In today's money, what was the value of a 1492 Spanish maravedí?

Satava (2007) estimates that the costs of Columbus's 1492 voyage was 1,765,734 maravedís. In today's money, what was the value of a 1492 Spanish maravedí?
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Why would China's FX reserves stay flat as the Fed ramps up its balance sheet?

As seen in the chart, China's FX reserves have remained flat lately despite the massive balance sheet expansion of the Fed. Though out of the temporal domain of this chart, if it were extended back to ...
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How does the imposition of import duties affect the nominal and real exchange rates in the long term?

Let's assume that a country imposes an import duty on goods imported from abroad. How will this change the long-term real exchange rate between domestic and foreign currencies? How will it affect the ...
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How exactly does QE affect the value of the USD?

A lot of people on the Internet refer to quantitative easing (QE) as a form of "legal money printing" when it is actually not. As such, many of these folks would thus erroneously say that QE leads to ...
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Depreciation of currency shall incentivise or disincentivise the foreign portfolio investors?

I am confused - if suppose currency depreciates then assets will become cheaper and foreign investors will find it enticing to buy these assets so in that case, foreign inflows shall increase In ...

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