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Cigarette Money and Black Market Prices around the 1948 German Miracle

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  • Vincent Bignon

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This paper is an empirical study of the distribution of black prices among 120 Bavarian locations at two dates, the beginning of July, 1947 and the end of June, 1948. It shows huge differences in the liquidity of those goods either when measured with the coefficient of variation or the number of locations in which those goods were traded. The main finding is that liquidity of cigarette was very high either when measured by the coefficient of variation and or the number of counties that traded them. This made them special, even when compared with a pure fiat object such as the US dollar. Consistently with the insights of the modern theory of money, the high liquidity of cigarettes is indicative of its use as money.

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Paper provided by University of Paris West - Nanterre la Défense, EconomiX in its series EconomiX Working Papers with number 2009-2.

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Length: 39 pages
Date of creation: 2009
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Handle: RePEc:drm:wpaper:2009-2

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  1. Xavier Cuadras-Morato & Randall Wright, . "On Money as a Medium of Exchange When Goods Vary by Supply and Demand," CARESS Working Papres, University of Pennsylvania Center for Analytic Research and Economics in the Social Sciences 97-1, University of Pennsylvania Center for Analytic Research and Economics in the Social Sciences.
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