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Sufficiency of an Outside Bank and a Default Penalty to Support the Value of Fiat Money: Experimental Evidence

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We present a model in which an outside bank and a default penalty support the value of fiat money, and experimental evidence that the theoretical predictions about the behavior of such economies, based on the Fisher-condition, work reasonably well in a laboratory setting. The import of this finding for the theory of money is to show that the presence of a societal bank and default laws provide sufficient structure to support the use of fiat money and use of the bank rate to influence inflation or deflation, although other institutions could provide alternatives.

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  • Juergen Huber & Martin Shubik & Shyam Sunder, 2008. "Sufficiency of an Outside Bank and a Default Penalty to Support the Value of Fiat Money: Experimental Evidence," Cowles Foundation Discussion Papers 1675R, Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University, revised Jul 2013.
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    1. Martin Shubik, 2016. "Three Essays on the Theory of Money and Financial Institutions Essay 2: The Exchange Economy, Money, and Markets," Cowles Foundation Discussion Papers 2055, Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University.
    2. Avi Weiss & Gabriele Camera & Dror Goldberg, 2016. "Endogenous Market Formation and Monetary Trade: an Experiment," Working Papers 2016-04, Bar-Ilan University, Department of Economics.
    3. Juergen Huber & Martin Shubik & Shyam Sunder, 2009. "Default Penalty as a Selection Mechanism among Multiple Equilibria," Cowles Foundation Discussion Papers 1730R2, Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University, revised Oct 2014.
    4. Martin Shubik, 2016. "Three Lectures on the Theory of Money and Financial Institutions: Lecture 1: A Nontechnical Overview," Cowles Foundation Discussion Papers 2036, Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University.
    5. Faure, Salomon & Gersbach, Hans, 2016. "Money creation and destruction," CFS Working Paper Series 555, Center for Financial Studies (CFS).
    6. Martin Shubik, 2016. "Three Essays on the Theory of Money and Financial Institutions: Essay 1: A Nontechnical Overview," Cowles Foundation Discussion Papers 2036R, Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University.
    7. Karim Jamal & Michael Maier & Shyam Sunder, 2012. "Decoupling Markets and Individuals: Rational Expectations Equilibrium Outcomes from Information Dissemination among Boundedly-Rational Traders," Cowles Foundation Discussion Papers 1868, Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University.

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    Keywords

    Experimental gaming; Bank; Fiat money; Outside bank; General equilibrium;

    JEL classification:

    • C73 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Stochastic and Dynamic Games; Evolutionary Games
    • C91 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Individual Behavior

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