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On nonneutral relative price effects in monetarist thought : some Austrian misconceptions


  • Thomas M. Humphrey


The rise in the rate of inflation during the 1970s was paralleled by a rise in interest in monetarism, which offered the means for controlling inflation. Despite the increased interest, monetarism is still often misunderstood, as Thomas M. Humphrey points out in “On Nonneutral Relative Price Effects in Monetarist Thought: Some Austrian Misconceptions.” Economists of the Austrian school have portrayed monetarism as oblivious to the effects of monetary disturbances on the real economy of output and jobs. Humphrey exposes their fallacy with selections from monetarist literature from the 19th century to the present. He shows that monetarism is actually similar to Austrian theory in stressing the relative price effects of monetary disturbances. As a result, monetarists and Austrians agree that to decrease disruptions to the real economy, monetary volatility should be minimized.

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  • Thomas M. Humphrey, 1984. "On nonneutral relative price effects in monetarist thought : some Austrian misconceptions," Economic Review, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, issue May, pages 13-19.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedrer:y:1984:i:may:p:13-19:n:v.70no.3

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    1. Laidler, David, 1981. "Monetarism: An Interpretation and an Assessment," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 91(361), pages 1-28, March.
    2. George S. Tavlas & Joseph Ascheim, 1985. "Alexander Del Mar, Irving Fischer, and Monetary Economics," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 18(2), pages 294-313, May.
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    1. Denis O’Brien, 2014. "Hayek in the history of economic thought," Chapters,in: Elgar Companion to Hayekian Economics, chapter 2, pages 11-46 Edward Elgar Publishing.

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