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Carl Menger and the network theory of money

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Carl Menger has occasionally been cited as a forerunner to the network theory of money. This article analyses Carl Menger's monetary theory and evaluates whether he was aware of the network characteristic of money from a retrospective angle. The result is mixed. Menger is one of the first to discuss the marketability and liquidity of an asset, which in German he denotes Absatzfahigkeit. This concept has a strong connection with the network aspect of a commodity. However, he is not distinct enough in his analysis and there is a lack of depth in his understanding.

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  • Mikael Stenkula, 2003. "Carl Menger and the network theory of money," The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 10(4), pages 587-606.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:eujhet:v:10:y:2003:i:4:p:587-606
    DOI: 10.1080/0967256032000137737
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    1. Gilbert Bougi, 2005. "Pourquoi le problème monétaire de Menger reste-t-il non résolu?," CAE Working Papers 31, Aix-Marseille Université, CERGAM.
    2. Fregert, Klas, 2015. "Heckscher on the Slow Monetization of Sweden and His Incidental Refutation of Jevons and Menger," Working Papers 2015:23, Lund University, Department of Economics, revised 14 Oct 2015.
    3. Eduard Braun, 2015. "Carl Menger’s Contribution to Capital Theory," History of Economic Ideas, Fabrizio Serra Editore, Pisa - Roma, vol. 23(1), pages 77-100.
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