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Hume and Endogenous Money

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  • Maria Pia Paganelli

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David Hume’s monetary theory has three standard yet inconsistent readings. As a forefather of the quantity theory of money, Hume sees money as neutral. As an inflationist, Hume sees an active positive role for monetary policy. As a monetarist, Hume sees an active positive role for monetary policy only in the short run. This paper reads Hume consistently instead by showing that for Hume money is endogenous and demand-driven. Hume would read the money equation in terms of reverse causation and the co-movement of inflation and output growth as driven by demand. The tenets of 18th century monetary theory corroborate this reading.

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  • Maria Pia Paganelli, 2006. "Hume and Endogenous Money," Eastern Economic Journal, Eastern Economic Association, vol. 32(3), pages 533-547, Summer.
  • Handle: RePEc:eej:eeconj:v:32:y:2006:i:3:p:533-547
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    Cited by:

    1. Jorge Streb, 2010. "Hume: The power of abduction and simple observation in economics," CEMA Working Papers: Serie Documentos de Trabajo. 417, Universidad del CEMA.
    2. Madarász, Aladár, 2012. "Adósság, pénz és szabadság
      [Taxation, money and freedom]
      ," Közgazdasági Szemle (Economic Review - monthly of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences), Közgazdasági Szemle Alapítvány (Economic Review Foundation), vol. 0(5), pages 457-507.
    3. Laurent Le Maux, 2014. "Cantillon And Hume On Money And Banking: The Foundations Of Two Theoretical Traditions," Journal of Economic Surveys, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 28(5), pages 956-970, December.

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