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Principles of Seigniorage

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  • Ernst Baltensperger
  • Thomas J. Jordan

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Traditionally, the literature on seigniorage has mentioned different concepts of measuring seigniorage, most prominently the monetary concept and the opportunity cost concept. The relationship between different concepts of seigniorage has never been settled clearly. This paper discusses principal aspects of seigniorage and clarifies the relationship between alternative measures of seigniorage. The conclusion is that the opportunity cost concept includes the total amount of seigniorage, whereas the monetary concept is incomplete. However, either concept alone is not very informative, because neither fully reflects all the different aspects of seigniorage. To obtain a precise picture of the seigniorage situation, it is crucial to make a distinction between actual seigniorage and the fund transfer from the central bank to the government.

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  • Ernst Baltensperger & Thomas J. Jordan, 1997. "Principles of Seigniorage," Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics (SJES), Swiss Society of Economics and Statistics (SSES), vol. 133(II), pages 133-152, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:ses:arsjes:1997-ii-2
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    1. Baltensperger, Ernst & Jordan, Thomas J., 1997. "Seigniorage, banking, and the optimal quantity of money," Journal of Banking & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 21(6), pages 781-796, June.
    2. Andreas M. Fischer & Thomas J. Jordan & Caesar P. Lack, 2002. "Giving Up the Swiss Franc:Some Considerations on Seigniorage Flows under EMU," Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics (SJES), Swiss Society of Economics and Statistics (SSES), vol. 138(I), pages 61-82, March.
    3. Seitz, Franz & Stoyan, Dietrich & Tödter, Karl-Heinz, 2009. "Coin migration within the euro area," Discussion Paper Series 1: Economic Studies 2009,27, Deutsche Bundesbank.
    4. Seitz Franz & Stoyan Dietrich & Tödter Karl-Heinz, 2012. "Diskussionsbeitrag / Discussion. Paper Coin: Migration and Seigniorage within the Euro Area," Journal of Economics and Statistics (Jahrbuecher fuer Nationaloekonomie und Statistik), De Gruyter, vol. 232(1), pages 84-92, February.

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