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Ordoliberale Geldreform als Antwort auf die Krise?: Bitcoin und Vollgeld im Vergleich


  • Beat Weber


The recent economic crisis has shattered widely held beliefs in the functioning of the current monetary and financial system. In this context, calls for a fundamental reform of money have received considerable attention in the media. Bitcoin, a project for a private electronic currency, and the „positive money“ (in German: „Vollgeld“) concept are two variants of ideas for monetary reform. Their roots can be traced back to two views held within ordoliberal economics. The paper discusses their commonalities and differences, as well as their limits based on an analysis of their concepts of money. In einem Umfeld kriseninduzierter Verunsicherung über das Funktionieren des Geldund Finanzsystems finden Forderungen nach einer grundsätzlichen Reform des Geldwesens verstärkte mediale Beachtung. Das elektronische Währungsprojekt Bitcoin und das Konzept Vollgeld sind zwei Varianten von Ideen zur Geldreform. Im Prinzip können diese Reformideen auf zwei Positionen der ordoliberalen Diskussion zurückgeführt werden. Der Beitrag diskutiert ihre Gemeinsamkeiten und Unterschiede sowie Möglichkeiten und Grenzen ihrer Verwirklichung auf Basis einer Analyse ihres Geldverständnisses.

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  • Beat Weber, 2013. "Ordoliberale Geldreform als Antwort auf die Krise?: Bitcoin und Vollgeld im Vergleich," Vierteljahrshefte zur Wirtschaftsforschung / Quarterly Journal of Economic Research, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research, vol. 82(4), pages 73-88.
  • Handle: RePEc:diw:diwvjh:82-4-6
    DOI: 10.3790/vjh.82.4.73

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    1. Beat Weber, 2014. "Bitcoin – The Promise and Limits of Private Innovation in Monetary and Payment Systems," Monetary Policy & the Economy, Oesterreichische Nationalbank (Austrian Central Bank), issue 4, pages 53-66.

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    Bank resolution; capital regulation; OTC-derivatives; systemic risk;
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    • E42 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Monetary Sytsems; Standards; Regimes; Government and the Monetary System
    • E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy
    • E58 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Central Banks and Their Policies


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