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Free Banking and the Bank of Canada

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It is argued that today's Canadian monetary system has certain important characteristics in common with a free banking regime such as might have evolved had matters been left to market forces, and that the Bank of Canada's recent success probably has more than a little to do with this fact. It is also argued, however, that, in Canada at the current juncture, further progress towards "free banking" as this alternative is nowadays known, would likely involve unilateral adoption of the US dollar as the basis for the monetary system. Hence, on the 70th anniversary of the Bank of Canada's founding, the author's wish that it may enjoy many happy returns of its birthday is a particularly sincere one.

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Paper provided by University of Western Ontario, Economic Policy Research Institute in its series University of Western Ontario, Economic Policy Research Institute Working Papers with number 20054.

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Date of creation: 2005
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Handle: RePEc:uwo:epuwoc:20054

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Keywords: Bank of Canada; central banking; free banking; price stability rates; unemployment; multiplier;

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  1. Omerčević, Edo, 2013. "Monetary systems, sustainable growth and inclusive economic development," MPRA Paper 44559, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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