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Friedman and Divisia Monetary Measures

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  • William Barnett

    (Department of Economics, University of Kansas; Center for Financial Stability, New York City; IC2 Institute, University of Texas at Austin)

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This paper explores the relationship between Milton Friedmanís work and the work on Divisia monetary aggregation, originated by William A. Barnett. The paradoxes associated with Milton Friedmanís work are largely resolved by replacing the official simple-sum monetary aggregates with monetary aggregates consistent with economic index number theory, such as Divisia monetary aggregates. Demand function stability becomes no more of a problem for money than for any other good or service. Money becomes relevant to monetary policy in all macroeconomic traditions, including New Keynesian economics, real business cycle theory, and monetarist economics. Research and data on Divisia monetary aggregates are available for over 40 countries throughout the world from the online library within the Center for Financial Stabilityís (CFS) program, Advances in Monetary and Financial Measurement. This paper supports adopting the standards of monetary data competency advocated by the CFS and the International Monetary Fund (2008, pp. 183-184).

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  • William Barnett, 2013. "Friedman and Divisia Monetary Measures," WORKING PAPERS SERIES IN THEORETICAL AND APPLIED ECONOMICS 201312, University of Kansas, Department of Economics, revised Dec 2013.
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    Keywords

    Divisia monetary aggregates; demand for money; monetarism; index number theory.;
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    JEL classification:

    • E4 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates
    • E41 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Demand for Money
    • E44 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy
    • E5 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit
    • E51 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Money Supply; Credit; Money Multipliers
    • E52 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Monetary Policy
    • E58 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Central Banks and Their Policies
    • Y1 - Miscellaneous Categories - - Data: Tables and Charts

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