Money and Inflation: Some International Comparisons

  • Richard T. Selden


It is defensible that a capital market symposium should include a paper that says nothing about capital markets per se, focusing instead on the inflationary environment in which capital markets have been operating for a generation or more. Lenin is supposed to have expressed the view that debauchment of currency is the surest way of undermining the social order — a sentiment that has been echoed by John Kenneth Galbraith, among others.1 Neither Lenin nor Galbraith provided a detailed rationale for their hypothesis. One can surmise, however, that they may have had in mind the disruptive consequences of inflationary shocks on capital markets.


Monetary Policy Central Bank International Comparison Federal Reserve Money Stock 
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  1. 2.
    Thornton Wilder, The Bridge of San Luis Rey (New York: Boni, 1927).Google Scholar
  2. 3.
    A very incomplete listing of monetarist works on inflation would include the following various articles by Milton Friedman, collected in his An Economist’s Protest, 2nd ed. (Glen Ridge, N. J.: Horton, 1975)Google Scholar
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    The literature on monetary lags has become voluminous. A useful summary and critique of literature through the mid-1960s appears in Thomas Mayer, ‘The Lag in the Effect of Monetary Policy: Some Criticisms’, Western Economic Journal (Sept. 1967).Google Scholar
  11. More recent contributions are examined in Michael J. Hamburger, ‘The Lag in the Effect of Monetary Policy: A Survey of Recent Literature’, in Monetary Aggregates and Monetary Policy (New York: Federal Reserve Bank of New York, 1974)Google Scholar
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© Michael Allingham and M. L. Burstein 1976

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