Questions tagged [money]

any item or verifiable record that is generally accepted as payment for goods and services and repayment of debts in a particular country or socio-economic context, or is easily converted to such a form. The main functions of money are distinguished as: a medium of exchange; a unit of account; a store of value; and, sometimes, a standard of deferred payment. Any item or verifiable record that fulfills these functions can be considered as money.

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How can money have a value? [duplicate]

The value of money can be the value to produce it. It costs, say, 1, to produce 10 000 000, in the mean (coins and paper, though digital money costs virtually nothing). This is called the extrinsic ...
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Why are the financial intermediation theory of banking or fractional reserve theory of banking still accepted despite evidence to the contrary?

In most textbook economics I came across the financial intermediation theory of banking and the fractional reserve theory of banking are presented as theories as how money is created. However there is ...
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How to obtain real money balances data

Theoretically real money balances ($m_t$) are defined as: $m_t=\frac{M_t}{P_t}$ Where $M_t$ are nominal money balances, and $P_t$ is the price index of the economy. If I were to make an empirical ...
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How does the size of the largest cryptocurrency compare to the largest traditional currency?

'Money' has evolved throughout economic history, and has included moving from: barter economies (i.e. no 'Money' - simple trading of final goods/services) commodity money - money whose intrinsic ...
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How did the Price/Value of any goods measure in money determined in the first place

Nowadays most value/price of goods and services are determined by the supply and demand in the market. And most of the time we use money which back by the credit/trust of the country to exchange these ...
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How is money destroyed when banks issue debt?

Bank of England (2014): Money can also be destroyed through the issuance of long-term debt and equity instruments by banks. How is money destroyed when banks issue debt? Say Bank X issues a £100 10-...
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How can a non-fiat currency be backed by gold?

Question is really simple- The value of gold is it self controlled by supply-demand, which insinuates that gold is fiat, only valued because people accept it and not because it has a use case. from ...
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How does paying off debt to the bank work?

So, I understand that banks create money by making loans which end up as deposits. But what I don't get, is how paying off debt works in the big picture. Let me explain. Let's say Jim got a loan of \$...
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Are US federal reserve notes money, or merely currency?

I have heard from my friend that US federal reserve notes (aka dollar bills) are not actually money, but merely currency. He told me that money and currency are different, and that money is currency ...
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Is It Possible for a Country to have a Gold Standard without a Fixed Price of Gold?

It is my understanding that at the beginning of the 20th century, many, if not most, countries had a monetary system that was based on a gold standard. However, by the end of the 20th century, most ...
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why is Fed creation of fiat money valid?

some people suggest that the government prints money to pay its bills and that the increased amount of money in circulation lessens the value of $1. i hope to get an explanation of why both ...
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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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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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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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Money creation in textbooks since McLeay et al

The paper "Money Creation in the Modern Economy" by McLeay et al was published in 2014 in the Bank of England Quarterly Bulletin and has had well over a thousand citations. The paper is ...
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How does the fed pump the stock market [closed]

I've been hearing a lot about the fed "pumping the stock market" with trillions of dollars to maintain prices. I know the fed isn't allowed to actually buy stocks so how is this money being ...
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Is the value of a product measured in money a reliable measure of the economic value of this product?

This could rather be a philosophical question but would be curious to know the economist's POV and how these two (value of the product, total economic value of the product) correlate.
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Can printing money with simultaneous government intervention to increase supply prevent inflation?

Just as above...If we print money and simultaneously introduce some sort of government intervention in order to increase supply/ production, then supply and demand would be 'balanced' and therefore ...
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How online payment services system work?

Nowadays, online payment services like Transferwise, Payoneer and Paysera have been widely used. It enables people outside US to receive payment from companies. These services gives you a bank account ...
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Question on Dichotomous system

In The Classic economy, we consider the following macroeconomic model $$Y=F(K,N)$$ where $F_N>0$, $F_K>0$, $F_{KK}, F_{NN}<0$ and $F_{NK}>0$ $$F_N(K/N)=w/p$$ The labor supply function is $$...
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In which country does my money have the largest purchasing power?

To be honest i have literaly zero economic knowlegde so please treat me as a noobie in this case. Here is the questin: I live in Poland where my native currency is polish zloty (PLN), and i want to ...
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How can the stock market keep growing indefinitely?

It sounds like a dumb question, but there is only so much money in the world. Assets can grow, but money can only be printed. So if there is 400 trillion dollars worth of money in the world, and the ...
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What are some of the good textbooks on Modern Monetary Theory and the Development of Monetary Theory?

I am trying to study modern monetary theory for my research. Recommendations, please? Thank you!
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Why doesn't Nintendo fire up the old factories and re-produce *exact* copies of many of their most popular games, controllers and consoles?

Let's suppose that Nintendo announce tomorrow that they are going to create exact re-releases of the American and European NES, SNES and Nintendo 64 consoles, exactly the same as when they were ...
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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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How is reserve money 'multiplied' by the banking system?

I'ma an econ newbie so please forgive my lack of understanding. I am confused as to how the money multiplier effect works. I get that the money multiplier effect doesn't actually hold true as banks ...
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Model with money creation

is there any macro model/paper introducing money creation (ex nihilo money creation) ? I would be very interested in reading them.
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Why would a CBDC (Central Bank Digital Currency) be good for the economy?

I've read about CBDC, how it could be a cryptocurrency like digital payment system, that could replace fiat currencies. But what I don't get is what value would it give to the economy? Someone who ...
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What would happen if, hypothetically, money velocity would reach infinity?

If, hypothetically, money velocity would reach an infinite speed, what would happen to that economy? If it would be infinite then it would mean that there would be infinite transactions and therefore ...
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What's wrong with printing more money [duplicate]

Suppose a government is in debt, why will there be inflation if it makes more money and pay other countries borrowed money back?
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Does inflation equal change in M1 or M2?

According to monetarism, inflation can be predicted precisely by the change in money supply and GDP growth. Does "money supply" here refer to M1 or M2, i.e. does it include debts created by ...
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Would a fair distribution of wealth from the super rich increase the purchasing power/life quality of the average person?

I will start by saying that I do not have any background in finance and that the following question might be very much naive, but it has been bugging me for a while now. The general narrative seems to ...
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How does total money in the economy changes?

I don't understand why total money in economy increases. Where does this money come from?
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Why does fiat money have value?

Or as Tobin (1992) put it: "How Can Money Have Positive Value in Exchange?" Money, however, is an embarrassment to value theory. According to standard theory, something can have positive ...
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Why does an economic slowdown lead to deflation?

Usually economists say that in recession there is deflation, so increasing the money supply does not lead to a high level of inflation. According to the Quantity theory of money, the price level is ...
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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 has M1 shoot up?

M1 has increased massively during the current pandemic. Below is an image from Fred St. Louis. Similar picture emerges from other countries. According to Fed data, the increase is due to a rapid ...
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Interest rate determination in the real world

I have just learnt about the demand and supply framework for money and how the equilibrium interest rate in an economy can be determined. In theory, based on that framework, an increase in nominal ...
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Why not create money to assist the post-COVID-19 economy?

In an imaginary country, a horrible computer virus infected some banks. Within a week, it caused the wealth of a large portion of the population (say, 50%) to drop significantly. For some, it cut 80% ...
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Value of money (incomes) question - what is the “r” here?

I would like some help with a fairly basic "value of money" question. (I'm very much a beginner in this field so please bear with me.) I'm writing about income changes throughout a decade (2010-2019)....
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Why can't someone have their money restored if someone they paid in advance goes bankrupt?

A friend paid a travel company €3000 for a holiday in Australia. However the travel company went bankrupt so now her €3000 is lost. She has been informed by the liquidator that the company had such ...
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Creation and distribution of money from scratch in a country (USA as example)

Suppose in an alternate history, 21st century USA operated on the barter system... no system of money is used. It has all the technology of the 21st century (computers etc). Just no money. The ...
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Does the income from a product or art count as passive income?

When a writer publishes his book, can we classify the income from the book as passive? Or another example, when a musician publishes his album, does the album generates passive income, making any form ...
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If a fluctuating cryptocurrency becomes the new world coin, would it stop fluctuating?

An often mentioned criterium for money is that it should be a unit of account. It could be argued that cryptocurrencies don't satisfy this requirement. The argument is that businesses like bakers ...
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What did Jevons mean by this quote?

Jevons (1875): Currency is to the science of economy what the squaring of the circle is to geometry, or perpetual motion to mechanics. I can't make any sense of this quote. I know that the "...
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The government does not need to gather capital via tax and Treasuries to spend? According to MMT

I have watched Warren Moslers interview. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W97s3zbFKvc&t=841s. At 7:26 he says that the Treasury does not issue securities for the purpose of financing spending (it ...
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What happens if you cannot lend more than what you have?

This is hypothetical but what would happen if you cannot lend more money than you have? Say you have £100, the maximum you can lend is £100. But somehow you lend £200 to Joe, and Joe spends all of it ...
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Is there some background/explanation why the Fed discontinued publishing their M3 indicator, circa 2006?

As Wikipedia says and as it can be easily verified, since 2006, the Fed no longer publishes an M3 indicator (unlike the ECB which still hangs on to that notion). So is there some background or ...
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Is there a clear timeline of ECB/Eurosystem's changes to the defintion of M3 (with regard to repos)?

I found that circa 2012 the ECB/Eurosystem changed their definition of M3 to exclude at least some repos, which previously were included. According to a 2014 Bundesbank publication, the change ...