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The Dynamics of Money

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  • Per Bak
  • Simon F. Norrelykke
  • Martin Shubik

We present a dynamical many-body theory of money in which the value of money is a time dependent ``strategic variable'' that is chosen by the individual agents. The value of money in equilibrium is not fixed by the equations, and thus represents a continuous symmetry. The dynamics breaks this continuous symmetry by fixating the value of money at a level which depends on initial conditions. The fluctuations around the equilibrium, for instance in the presence of noise, are governed by the ``Goldstone modes'' associated with the broken symmetry. The idea is illustrated by a simple network model of monopolistic vendors and buyers.

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Date of creation: Nov 1998
Date of revision: May 1999
Publication status: Published in Phys. Rev. E 60, 2528-2532 (1999)
Handle: RePEc:arx:papers:cond-mat/9811094
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