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Coinage, debasements, and Gresham's laws

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  • Bruce D. Smith

    (Economics Department, University of Texas, Austin, TX 78712-1173, USA)

  • Thomas J. Sargent

    (Hoover Institution, Stanford, CA 94305-6010, and University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 60637, USA)

Abstract

This paper formulates a model of commodity money that circulates by tale, and applies it to a variety of situations, some of which seem to confirm, and others to contradict, `Gresham's Law'. We analyze how debasements could prompt decisions of citizens voluntarily to participate in recoinages that subjected them to seigniorage taxes.

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  • Bruce D. Smith & Thomas J. Sargent, 1997. "Coinage, debasements, and Gresham's laws," Economic Theory, Springer;Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory (SAET), vol. 10(2), pages 197-226.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:joecth:v:10:y:1997:i:2:p:197-226
    Note: Received: December 19, 1994; revised version August 1, 1996
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    1. Fran├žois R. Velde & Warren E. Weber & Randall Wright, 1999. "A Model of Commodity Money, with Applications to Gresham's Law and the Debasement Puzzle," Review of Economic Dynamics, Elsevier for the Society for Economic Dynamics, vol. 2(1), pages 291-323, January.
    2. Quinn, Stephen & Roberds, William, 2014. "How Amsterdam got fiat money," Journal of Monetary Economics, Elsevier, vol. 66(C), pages 1-12.
    3. Smith, Bruce D., 2001. "Introduction to Monetary and Financial Arrangements," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 99(1-2), pages 1-21, July.
    4. Sussman, Nathan & Zeira, Joseph, 2003. "Commodity money inflation: theory and evidence from France in 1350-1436," Journal of Monetary Economics, Elsevier, vol. 50(8), pages 1769-1793, November.
    5. Li, Yiting, 2002. "Government transaction policy and Gresham's law," Journal of Monetary Economics, Elsevier, vol. 49(2), pages 435-453, March.
    6. Svensson, Roger & Westermark, Andreas, 2016. "Renovatio Monetae: Gesell Taxes in Practice," Working Paper Series 327, Sveriges Riksbank (Central Bank of Sweden).
    7. Rolnick, Arthur J. & Weber, Warren E., 2003. "Review of Thomas J. Sargent and Francois R. Velde, The Big Problem of Small Change," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 111(2), pages 459-488, April.
    8. Burdett, Kenneth & Trejos, Alberto & Wright, Randall, 2001. "Cigarette Money," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 99(1-2), pages 117-142, July.
    9. Paal, Beatrix, 2001. "Dynamic Consequences of Stabilization Policies Based on a Return to a Gold Standard," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 99(1-2), pages 143-186, July.

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    • E60 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - General

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