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The Nature and Role of Monetary Policy When Money Is Endogenous

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  • Philip Arestis
  • Malcolm Sawyer

This paper considers the nature and role of monetary policy when money is envisaged as credit money endogenously created within the private sector (by the banking system). Monetary policy is now based in many countries on the setting (or targeting) of a key interest rate, such as the Central Bank discount rate. The amount of money in existence then arises from the interaction of the private sector and the banks, based on the demand to hold money and the willingness of banks to provide loans. Monetary policy has become closely linked with the targeting of the rate of inflation. In this paper we consider whether monetary policy is well-equipped to act as a counter-inflation policy and discuss the more general role of monetary policy in the context of the treatment of money as endogenous. Currently, two schools of thought view money as endogenous. One school has been labeled the "new consensus" and the other the Keynesian endogenous (bank) money approach. Significant differences exist between the two approaches; the most important of these, for the purposes of this paper, is in the way in which the endogeneity of money is viewed. Although monetary policy--essentially interest rate policy--appears to be the same in both schools of thought, it is not. In this paper we investigate the differing roles of monetary policy in these two schools.

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Paper provided by Levy Economics Institute in its series Economics Working Paper Archive with number wp_374.

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Date of creation: Mar 2003
Handle: RePEc:lev:wrkpap:wp_374
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