Category Archives: Money & the Trade Cycle

Hayek on Money Disturbing Equilibrium

“It is one of the oldest facts known to economic theory that changes in the quantity of money, or changes in the ‘velocity of circulation’ (or the ‘demand for money’), will deflect the rate of interest from its equilibrium position … Continue reading

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Adrian & Shin on banking, balance sheets & interest rates

Bringing banking and financial institutions back into the money / macro picture. Here, here and here. Hayek’s account, of course, begins with banks and financial institutions, and presumes a central role for these institutions in the yo-yoing of money, leverage, … Continue reading

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Hayek — against a Fed created post-bust deflation

“The moment there is any sign that the total income stream may actually shrink [during a post-bust deflationary crash], I should certainly not only try everything in my power to prevent it from dwindling, but I should announce beforehand that … Continue reading

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Sumner on Selgin on Inflation, Deflation and Productivity

George Selgin is one of the best of the current generation of monetary economists.  Scott Sumner is perhaps the most engaging economist blogger on the internet.  What happens when Sumner blogs on Selgin?  Take a look.  Selgin responds in the … Continue reading

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Leverage – The Loose Joint Which Makes The Trade Cycle Inevitable

Credit and leverage are at the heart of Friedrich Hayek’s conception of the boom and bust cycle.  In the current crisis leverage and credit are receiving a good bit of attention — and even a few economists are beginning to take notice of their significance.  … Continue reading

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