Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Gold Standard

Paul Krugman v. David Stockman: The Great Debate Over Gold Continues

Posted by Gonzalo Schwarz
April 22, 2013

by Ralph Benko Amid an ongoing decline in the price of gold, a major brawl recently broke out in the elite media over … the gold standard. What is this free-for-all all about?  And why does it matter?  It matters because… the gold standard finally has demonstrated that, after a long eclipse, it is being […]

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Sound Money vs. Stable Money

Posted by Gonzalo Schwarz
December 28, 2012

by Kenneth Gould Historically, there have been two contrasting monetary doctrines. The first doctrine favors what it calls “sound money,” defined as money that has a purchasing power determined by markets, independent of governments and political parties. A true gold standard is one example of money that has an intrinsic value determined by markets rather than governments. Note that, under a sound money doctrine’s principles, a gold standard where the government […]

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Is a Gold Standard Necessarily Vulnerable to Speculative Attacks?

Posted by Gonzalo Schwarz
December 18, 2012

   by Lawrence H. White My frequent co-author George Selgin (2012) finds it “more doubtful [today] than ever before that any government-sponsored and administered gold standard will be sufficiently credible to either be spared from or to withstand redemption runs.” He quotes James D. Hamilton (2005) to similar effect:  given that central banks the Treasuries […]

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Myth 8: The Gold Standard Helped Spread the Great Depression to the Rest of the World

Posted by Gonzalo Schwarz
December 14, 2012

by Lawrence H. White The second part of the “Golden Fetters” indictment, to quote a recent statement of it (Bordo 2010, p. 40), is that “The Great Depression spread across the world via the fixed exchange rate gold standard.”  In Eichengreen’s (1992, p. xi) earlier words, the international gold standard “transmitted the destabilizing impulse from […]

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The Case For 100% Reserve Banking

Posted by Devin Roundtree
December 14, 2012

by Devin Roundtree Even among the most vocal advocates of returning to a gold standard, a banking system that requires banks to reserve 100% of all deposits redeemable on demand is considered impractical and a hindrance to economic growth. However, not only is 100% reserve banking practical, it is lawful and will not create credit […]

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Myth 7: The Gold Standard was Responsible for the Deflation that Ushered in the Great Depression

Posted by Gonzalo Schwarz
December 13, 2012

by Lawrence H. White The most prominent set of criticisms of the gold standard among academic economists in recent years blame the gold standard for the creating the Great Depression in the United States and for then spreading it internationally.  Douglas Irwin (2011, p. 1) summarizes the case and identifies its most cited source: Modern […]

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Fedophilia

Posted by Gonzalo Schwarz
December 6, 2012

by George Selgin Although the movement to “End the Fed” has a considerable popular following, only a very tiny number of economists—our illustrious contributors amongst them—take the possibility seriously. For the rest, the Federal Reserve System is, not an ideal currency system to be sure (for who would dare to call it that?), but, implicitly at […]

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A Golden Path: Reply to Professor Cochran

Posted by Gonzalo Schwarz
December 5, 2012

by Godfrey Bloom and Patrick Barron In his recent Mises Daily article “Fool’s Gold Standards,” John P. Cochran warns his readers against accepting any monetary reform less than that of money created by the free market. Therefore, he felt it necessary to criticize our previous Mises Daily article “A Golden Opportunity,” in which we advised Germany to leave the European Monetary Union, […]

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Forbes Review: Roads to Sound Money

Posted by Gonzalo Schwarz
December 3, 2012

by Ralph Benko The only plank remaining under notable discussion from either national convention platform of 2012 is the GOP platform’s call for a national monetary commission.  Although widely reported as a call for a new “Gold Commission”, the actual text calls for a “commission to investigate possible ways to set a fixed value for […]

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