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The characteristics of a monetary economy: a Keynes--Schumpeter approach

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Mainstream monetary theory considers money only as an instrument meant to facilitate trading without having any effect on income or on the evolution of the economic system. The aim of this paper is to elaborate a monetary theory capable of supporting the thesis of money non-neutrality based on the arguments developed by Keynes and Schumpeter. The synthesis of the theories of these two great economists will be formulated starting from the two points which are common in the views of Keynes and Schumpeter. First, in contrast with mainstream theory, Keynes and Schumpeter state that the diffusion of a fiat money induces a radical modification into the way in which the economic system works. Second, when Keynes and Schumpeter describe the reasons why money and financial aggregates are not neutral, they highlight the fundamental role of the credit market and of banks; in contrast with the mainstream theory, they do not consider the credit market as the mirror image of the goods market. Copyright 2007, Oxford University Press.

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  • Giancarlo Bertocco, 2007. "The characteristics of a monetary economy: a Keynes--Schumpeter approach," Cambridge Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 31(1), pages 101-122, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:cambje:v:31:y:2007:i:1:p:101-122
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    1. Lucarelli, B., 2010. "Money and Keynesian Uncertainty," MPRA Paper 28862, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 10 Feb 2011.
    2. Giancarlo Bertocco, 2011. "Housing bubble and economic theory: is mainstream theory able to explain the crisis?," Economics and Quantitative Methods qf1116, Department of Economics, University of Insubria.
    3. Giancarlo Bertocco, 2014. "Global Saving Glut and Housing Bubble: A Critical Analysis," Economia politica, Società editrice il Mulino, issue 2, pages 195-218.
    4. Giancarlo Bertocco, 2013. "Money as an Institution of Capitalism: Some Notes on a Monetary Theory of Uncertainty," Economic Notes, Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena SpA, vol. 42(1), pages 75-101, February.
    5. Bertocco Giancarlo, 2004. "Are banks really special? A note on the theory of financial intermediaries," Economics and Quantitative Methods qf04021, Department of Economics, University of Insubria.
    6. Dow Alexander & Dow Sheila C., 2011. "Animal Spirits Revisited," Capitalism and Society, De Gruyter, vol. 6(2), pages 1-25, December.
    7. Giancarlo Bertocco & Andrea Kalajzic, 2014. "The liquidity preference theory: a critical analysis," Economics and Quantitative Methods qf1402, Department of Economics, University of Insubria.
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    9. Bertocco Giancarlo, 2006. "Some observations about the endogenous money theory," Economics and Quantitative Methods qf0602, Department of Economics, University of Insubria.
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