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Launching of a New Currency in a Simple Random Matching Model

  • Sebastien Lotz

    (University of Paris 2)

  • Guillaume Rocheteau

    (University of Lausanne)

This paper studies the launching of a new fiat currency within a search-theoretic framework. We show that legal tender laws may not be sufficient to guarantee the acceptability of the new currency, and that the withdrawal of a large fraction of the competing currency is essential to avoid the failure of such a launching. The possibility of converting the old currency into the new one can ease the transition to the new currency only if it is combined with strict legal tender laws. Finally, a network externality is identified that may generate inefficiencies in the conversion decision.

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Paper provided by Econometric Society in its series Econometric Society World Congress 2000 Contributed Papers with number 0720.

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