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The Evaluation of a Free Banking System

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  • Selgin, George A
  • White, Lawrence H

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The institutional features of models of unregulated monetary systems have often been arbitrarily and implausibly assumed. This pap er instead provides realistic grounding for important features by con structing a logical evolutionary account of free banking. Sophisticat ed and orderly arrangements are shown to emerge from competition and the pursuit of less costly methods of payment. The emergence of stand ardized commodity money is followed by the development, in turn, of b asic money-transfer banking, easily transferable bank liabilities, an d clearinghouses. The features of an evolved free banking system diff er from those assumed in recent models of competitive payments system s. Copyright 1987 by Oxford University Press.

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Article provided by Western Economic Association International in its journal Economic Inquiry.

Volume (Year): 25 (1987)
Issue (Month): 3 (July)
Pages: 439-57

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Handle: RePEc:oup:ecinqu:v:25:y:1987:i:3:p:439-57

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  2. Ramon Marimon & Juan Pablo Nicolini & Pedro Teles, 2011. "Money is an Experience Good: Competition and Trust in the Private Provision of Money," Economics Working Papers ECO2011/24, European University Institute.
  3. Gentil Corazza, 2001. "Os Bancos Centrais e sua Ambivalência Público-Privada," Anais do XXIX Encontro Nacional de Economia [Proceedings of the 29th Brazilian Economics Meeting] 011, ANPEC - Associação Nacional dos Centros de Pósgraduação em Economia [Brazilian Association of Graduate Programs in Economics].
  4. Bryan Fitz-Gibbon & Marianne Gizycki, 2001. "A History of Last-resort Lending and Other Support for Troubled Financial Institutions in Australia," RBA Research Discussion Papers rdp2001-07, Reserve Bank of Australia.
  5. Sylvie Diatkine, 1994. "A propos de la position de Ricardo concernant la liberté d'émission de la monnaie," Cahiers d'Économie Politique, Programme National Persée, vol. 23(1), pages 79-99.
  6. Alexander Fink, 2014. "Free banking as an evolving system: The case of Switzerland reconsidered," The Review of Austrian Economics, Springer, vol. 27(1), pages 57-69, March.
  7. Norman, Ben & Shaw, Rachel & Speight, George, 2011. "The history of interbank settlement arrangements: exploring central banks’ role in the payment system," Bank of England working papers 412, Bank of England.

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