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Money Still Makes the World Go Round: The Zonal View

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  • Michael D. Bordo
  • Andrew Filardo

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Many monetary economists have come to regard the monetary aggregates as obsolete measures of the monetary policy stance. This critique has led some to view money as having lost its central role in the conduct of monetary policy. We say to those advocating excising money from monetary policy, "Not so fast." To better understand the potential role for money, we develop a zonal view of monetary policy which reflects the historical regularity for the relative informativeness of the quantitative measures of monetary policy, such as the monetary aggregates, and real interest rates to depend on the inflation zone in which a central bank finds itself. The zones range from high inflation (zone 1) to deep deflation (zone 5), with intermediate zones of moderate inflation (zone 2), low inflation (zone 3), and low deflation (zone 4). (JEL: E5, E4, N1) (c) 2007 by the European Economic Association.

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  • Michael D. Bordo & Andrew Filardo, 2007. "Money Still Makes the World Go Round: The Zonal View," Journal of the European Economic Association, MIT Press, vol. 5(2-3), pages 509-523, 04-05.
  • Handle: RePEc:tpr:jeurec:v:5:y:2007:i:2-3:p:509-523
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    1. Katrin Assenmacher-Wesche & Stefan Gerlach, 2007. "Money at Low Frequencies," Journal of the European Economic Association, MIT Press, vol. 5(2-3), pages 534-542, 04-05.
    2. Assenmacher-Wesche, Katrin & Gerlach, Stefan & Sekine, Toshitaka, 2008. "Monetary factors and inflation in Japan," Journal of the Japanese and International Economies, Elsevier, vol. 22(3), pages 343-363, September.
    3. Pavel Gertler & Boris Hofmann, 2016. "Monetary facts revisited," BIS Working Papers 566, Bank for International Settlements.
    4. Rockoff, Hugh & White, Eugene N., 2012. "Monetary Regimes and Policy on a Global Scale: The Oeuvre of Michael D. Bordo," MPRA Paper 49672, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised May 2013.

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    JEL classification:

    • E5 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit
    • E4 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates
    • N1 - Economic History - - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics; Industrial Structure; Growth; Fluctuations

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