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Italy, the fiscal dominance model, and the gold standard age

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  • Tattara, Giuseppe
  • volpe, mario

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The paper links money supply to the state budget deficit in the Italian historical context. The process of monetization of government deficit is analysed and is related both to the fixity of the exchange rate and free capital mobility typical of the 1860-1913 period. The empirical evidence supporting the view of Italy “shadowing” gold is discussed and the effect of government financing on money supply is tested. The conlusion discusses the implications of the model and of the empirical evidence for the interpretation of the Gold Standard.

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  • Tattara, Giuseppe & volpe, mario, 1997. "Italy, the fiscal dominance model, and the gold standard age," MPRA Paper 37155, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    1. Luis A. V. Catão, 2007. "Sudden Stops and Currency Drops: A Historical Look," NBER Chapters,in: The Decline of Latin American Economies: Growth, Institutions, and Crises, pages 243-290 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    2. Giuseppe Tattara, 2002. "Un margine di arbitraggio non sfruttato sulla Rendita Italiana a Parigi?," Rivista di storia economica, Società editrice il Mulino, issue 1, pages 51-64.
    3. tattara, Giuseppe, 1995. "Bilancia dei pagamenti, movimenti dei capitali ed equilibrio interno nei primi 50 anni del regno d'Italia
      [Balance of payments, capital movements, domestic equilibrium in the first 50 years of the
      ," MPRA Paper 39086, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    4. Tattara, Giuseppe, 2003. "Paper money but a gold debt: Italy on the gold standard," Explorations in Economic History, Elsevier, vol. 40(2), pages 122-142, April.

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    Keywords

    Monetary theory; Gold Standard; Fiscal theory; Economic History of Italy;

    JEL classification:

    • E62 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Fiscal Policy
    • E32 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Prices, Business Fluctuations, and Cycles - - - Business Fluctuations; Cycles
    • N13 - Economic History - - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics; Industrial Structure; Growth; Fluctuations - - - Europe: Pre-1913
    • H30 - Public Economics - - Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents - - - General
    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill

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