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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Printing money to redistribute wealth

A fictional country has 100 people. The total printed money is $2000. Ten rich people own half of it ($100 each), the remaining ...
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How much money was distributed during quantative easing?

I am trying to discover how much money was created as a result of quantative easing. I do not want to start a political debate. But, I am genuinely interested in learning how much money was signed ...
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Fed must hold collateral equal in value to notes in circulation

The Fed's website has a FAQ "Is U.S. currency still backed by gold?". Part of the answer writes: The Congress has specified that Federal Reserve Banks must hold collateral equal in value to the ...
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Why hyper-inflation?

I understand the $MV=PQ$ identity. I also understand the benefit for the government in some cases to having non increasing over time (even if high) values of $\Delta P$ (stealth tax & seigneur-age ...
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Why do many economists believe that money is neutral in the long run?

If a central bank carried out monetary policy that consisted of multiplying each person's wealth by a common factor, I would find it plausible that all prices would get multiplied by the same factor ...
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Can everyone in an economy profit?

I earn a salary, but, like many American workers, I don't spend all of it -- I stash away some in the bank. This is a good thing, since I can one day retire (stop producing), and still live ...
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Does an increase in the money supply increase or decrease interest rates?

What I understand is that an increase in the money supply brings about a fall in interest rate as there is more money available, the price of money will be cheaper. But some theory such as liquidity ...
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Real vs Nominal Value Concept

I am having trouble understanding the meaning of the real value of an economic quantity. The concept is easy to grasp: take a year as a base and adjust for inflation by pricing a commodity with the ...
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Would a world-wide currency be a good idea? [duplicate]

While every country has it's own political ideals, enforcing laws and rules, in an ever more globalized world, I believe the idea of fragmented economy is limiting big growth opportunities while ...
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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 happens when a country's central bank significantly reduces the available currency?

The central bank of Iraq has significantly reduced the note count from 55 Trillion to 5 trillion. Logic would dictate that when a supply is reduced the value of the item that has been reduced will ...
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Is Iranian rial going to get boosted?

I was reading about the Iran's economy and Iranian rial. I have read the news regarding the lift of sanctions from Ira, which had allowed the purchase of Iranian rial in America. I was having query ...
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What are the widescale economic ramifications of people holding onto their money instead of spending it?

Pretty simple question: people get rich by saving more money than they spend. What are the implications of people holding onto their money instead of spending it? Do rich people save more money (...
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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 ...
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Real Income and a Fixed Money Supply

What would happen to nominal income and wages if the money supply were fixed (100% reserve banking). Would real wages increase, even though nominal wages would stay the same or even decrease?
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What is the actual numerical value of the velocity of money?

All the discussions of the velocity of money that I've come across (e.g. here, here, and here) only display relative changes in the velocity of the money (e.g. by normalizing it by an unspecified ...
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Friedman's version of money multiplier formula

In his Quantity Theory of Money article M. Friedman uses the following formula for the money multiplier: $$ M = H \times \frac{\frac{D}{R}(1 + \frac{D}{C})}{\frac{D}{R}+\frac{D}{C}} $$ where $M = $ ...
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Money in New Keynesian models

I have been doing some reading on general equilibrium theory and it has made me highly confused regarding the logic behind NK models. If I have understood correctly, NK models are based on Walrasian ...
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Sources of the endogeneity of money in New Keynesian economics (Woodford)

I am trying to wrap my head around Woodford's "Interest and Prices" so I have a question regarding the source of the endogeneity of the money supply in his models. The Post Keynesian view is that ...
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Can the US dollar collapse and what are steps that I should take in the event that this happens?

A friend of mines says that the US dollar is so "heavily intertwined" in other nations that if the US Dollar was to become worthless then that would have a major impact on the world. However with ...
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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 do banks charge a spread on credit?

According to the doctrine of the money multiplier (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Money_multiplier), a positive reserve ratio means a bank has LESS loans than deposits. See the table in the link. ...
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What would happen if corporations can only make a maximum profit of 10% per product

I have learned in accounting that companies can add any amount of profit on their products as they want. That can be 10 - over 500 %. I also think that international corporations like Coca Cola, ...
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What effect would destroying large amounts of physical currency have on government finances

India has recently recalled high denomination notes and asked people to deposit the physical currency in old notes in their bank accounts. People who have unaccounted wealth are resorting to ...
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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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Why is Money Necessary?

I've heard a lot of different economists bullet point a few main ideas as to why money is necessary. However, I'd like to get an ultimate rundown list. What are the major reasons why money is ...
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If a business charges more for a product than the cost to make it, how is our economy not inevitably doomed for debt?

The analogy would be stirring water in a bucket; without adding more water to the bucket, there is no gain... Obviously the various resources to create say an iPod came from different countries... ...
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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 does the pie get larger?

I understand the concept of creation of wealth through trade, innovation, labor and capital. New value is being added to the economy. Let's imagine for a second that there are no central banks and the ...
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Why is the cash in circulation on the rise in rich countries?

The amount of cash in circulation is on the rise in rich countries (US, EU, etc; except the cashless economy, Sweden). In the digital era, isn't this phenomenon contradictional? For example, here's ...
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What exactly people mean when they say “X is a $Y billion industry”?

I'm reading the "Personal MBA" book right now and it says that "Yoga is $8 billion industry worldwide". What does it mean? And how can one calculate the amount of money in some industry?
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How are assets distributed by types of organisations? [closed]

How wealth, assets or capital (measured in terms of revenues, assets, equity, etc.) is distributed among the various types of organizations (e.g. State, public companies, private conpanies, ...
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How do you find out how much money is in circulation?

I was watching a video about how money gets its value. They say the answer has to do with how much money is in circulation. But how does one find out how much money there is in circulation as set by ...
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How do central banks regulate the money supply to avoid inflation?

It is a tricky problem. Historically, poor control money supply led to inflation. Out of control money supply led to hyperinflation. Central banks seem to do a wonderful job in recent years with ...
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What is preventing the United States from printing USD to buy up prized assets from foreign countries given that USD is the world's reserve currency?

USD is accepted all over the world. U.S can easily print USD to buy up the most valuable assets from all over the world. Ethics aside. What is preventing the U.S from doing so? What did I miss out?
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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 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 is the marginal utility of money assumed to be constant in Marshallian Theory of Consumer Behaviour

While studying the Marshallian Theory of Consumer Behaviour, I came across the assumption that the marginal utility of money is assumed to be constant. Can someone please explain why is this so?
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Is it possible to imagine humanity without a modern understanding of money? [closed]

Of course we can't just take money from current world order and give nothing back. In theory, can an advanced civilization exist without money at all? May be this is an utopic idea because of... what?...
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Is the utility of money *actually* logarithmic?

Apologies for asking what is probably a basic question from someone that is not in the economics field. But I was playing around with the idea of determining how a group of people could split a bill ...
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Is money received from my mother every month an income?

If my mother sends me some money every month, is that considered an income? I usually fill in a sheet to track my expenses and display my savings for every month. For the past few months, I've been ...
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Impact of hedge funds on economy

I'm still kind of new to these things and some countries seem to be forbiding sharing more about hedge funds to casual people (at least what I understood from it), but anyway: What is/was the largest ...
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Isn't money moving towards central bank in the long run?

Central banks typically pumps money into the system by : lending out to private banks buying govt bonds But in both these cases won't the central bank get back more money when it ends it's position (...
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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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Do reserves at Bank of Canada count as money?

I read the following three statements concerning M1 and M2 in Canada: a) "M1 consists of currency held outside the banks and chequable deposits of individuals and businesses." b) "M1 does not ...
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Is there any specific distribution that is recommended for modelling individual income?

I'm a statistician and my colleagues work with income data every now and then, but they usually apply some arbitrary cut-off and go with logistic regression. I know there's an infinite range of ...
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The fisher effect

The Fisher effect says that highter inflation rate leads to a higher nominal rate. I found an interesting explanation about the interest rates: Lower interest rates translate to more money available ...
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Isn't buying currency with high interest rates a double whammy?

I will give an example of what I mean and please tell me what I'm missing because this can't be correct. For the sake of simplicity I will only use USD and EUR. So let's say that the central bank in ...
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Exchange rate and domestic money supply

It seems an obvious fact (not explained by authors but stated) that when a Central Bank purchases foreign currency (to stabilise its own), the domestic money supply goes up. It seems to me that the ...