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Complementary credit networks and macroeconomic stability: Switzerland's Wirtschaftsring

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  • Stodder, James

The Swiss Wirtschaftsring ("Economic Circle") credit network, founded in 1934, provides residual spending power that is highly counter-cyclical. Individuals are cash-short in a recession, and economize by greater use of WIR-credits. A money in the production function (MIPF) specification implies that transactions in WIR form a stabilizing balance that makes up for the lack of ordinary currency. Thus, unlike the ordinary money, WIR money is negatively correlated with GDP in the short run. This implication is confirmed by empirical estimates. Such credit networks play a stabilizing role that should be considered in monetary policy.

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Volume (Year): 72 (2009)
Issue (Month): 1 (October)
Pages: 79-95

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