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Ricardo versus Thornton on the appropriate monetary response to supply shocks

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David Ricardo (1772-1823) recommended countering supply shocks with monetary contraction. Henry Thornton (1760-1815) advised a constant-money response. Their views hinged (1) on the neutrality or non-neutrality of money-stock changes on real output and employment and (2) on the costs of inflation. These same considerations influence Federal Reserve policy in response to oil shocks today.

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  • Thomas M. Humphrey, 1990. "Ricardo versus Thornton on the appropriate monetary response to supply shocks," Economic Review, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, issue Nov, pages 18-24.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedrer:y:1990:i:nov:p:18-24:n:v.76no.6
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    1. J. Aschheim & G.S. Tavlas, 1994. "Nominal anchors for monetary policy: a doctrinal analysis," Banca Nazionale del Lavoro Quarterly Review, Banca Nazionale del Lavoro, vol. 47(191), pages 469-494.
    2. Maria Cristina Marcuzzo & Annalisa Rosselli, 1994. "Ricardo's Theory of Money Matters," Revue Économique, Programme National Persée, vol. 45(5), pages 1251-1268.

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