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Monetization and Growth in Colonial New England, 1703-1749

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  • Caleb Stroup

    (Department of Economics, Davidson College)

  • Peter Rousseau

    (Department of Economics, Vanderbilt University)

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We examine econometrically the real effects of paper money's introduction into colonial New England over the 1703-1749 period. Departing from earlier analyses that focus primarily on the depreciation of paper money in the region, we show that expansion of the money stock promoted growth in modern sector activity and not the other way around. We also find that bills emitted for seigniorage purposes had a positive effect on the modern sector, while bills issued through loan banks did not. Publication Status: Published in Explorations in Economic History, 2011, 48(4):600-613

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  • Caleb Stroup & Peter Rousseau, 2010. "Monetization and Growth in Colonial New England, 1703-1749," Working Papers 10-01, Davidson College, Department of Economics.
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    Keywords

    Paper money; bills of credit; seigniorage; land bank; colonial America; Finance and growth; vector error correction model;
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    JEL classification:

    • E42 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Monetary Sytsems; Standards; Regimes; Government and the Monetary System
    • N11 - Economic History - - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics; Industrial Structure; Growth; Fluctuations - - - U.S.; Canada: Pre-1913

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