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Private money creation and the Suffolk Banking System

  • Bruce D. Smith
  • Warren E. Weber

Recent legislation has removed U.S. legal impediments to issuing private bank notes. At the same time, improved transaction technologies have enabled banks and other entities to issue various forms of "e-cash." Consequently, developed economies may soon see the reemergence of privately issued substitutes for currency. The authors examine the potential economic consequences using the Bank of Suffolk as a model.

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Paper provided by Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland in its series Working Paper with number 9821.

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Date of creation: 1998
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Handle: RePEc:fip:fedcwp:9821
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