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Time to Eliminate the Penny from the U.S. Coinage System: New Evidence

  • Robert Whaples


    (Wake Forest University)

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    I argue that the U.S. Mint should stop producing pennies. The Mint is losing money on penny production and new evidence from a multi-state convenience store chain shows that eliminating the penny will not impose a “rounding tax” on consumers. Eliminating the penny will have a negligible impact on inflation and on convenience store costs and profits, but it will save time for customers and clerks, which may be worth about $730 million per year.

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    Article provided by Eastern Economic Association in its journal Eastern Economic Journal.

    Volume (Year): 33 (2007)
    Issue (Month): 1 (Winter)
    Pages: 139-146

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    Handle: RePEc:eej:eeconj:v:33:y:2007:i:1:p:139-146
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