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Doing Without Money: A Critical Assessment of Woodford's Analysis of Monetary Policy in a Post-monetary World

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  • Colin Rogers

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Woodford (1997, 1998) employs an inter-temporal general equilibrium model to examine the properties of the monetary system as it evolves form the use of a physical medium of exchange to an electronic medium. He presents a structure in which cash (money) as a means of payment can be made to vanish at the limit but where he claims the price level remains determinate. It is shown that Woodford's analysis involves fundamental but still widespread conceptual and methodological errors. His general equilibrium model does not map into the world of electronic money and his analysis has no implications for the art of central banking.

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  • Colin Rogers, 2003. "Doing Without Money: A Critical Assessment of Woodford's Analysis of Monetary Policy in a Post-monetary World," School of Economics Working Papers 2003-01, University of Adelaide, School of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:adl:wpaper:2003-01
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    Keywords

    electronic money; Walrasian general equilibrium;

    JEL classification:

    • B40 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Economic Methodology - - - General
    • E40 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - General
    • E42 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Monetary Sytsems; Standards; Regimes; Government and the Monetary System
    • E50 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - General

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