What is Old id New Again
Formal modeling of money's origin and function as medium of exchange has until recently been elusive. However, the advent of search-based models of money has contributed to a renewed interest in modeling money's medium of exchange function. As well as exploring the origins of commodity money, the search-based models of money allow for the endogenous emergence of valued fiat currency. This paper endeavours to relate and compare the new insights derived from these models of money to some of the ideas put forward by early theorists on the origins of money. Copyright 1996 by Blackwell Publishers Ltd and The Victoria University of Manchester
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