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The structure of financial markets and the 'first principles' of monetary economics

Citation
Dow S & Smithin J (1999) The structure of financial markets and the 'first principles' of monetary economics, Scottish Journal of Political Economy, 46 (1), pp. 72-90.

Abstract
There has been a significant degree of financial restructuring over the last few decades, which has prompted a rethinking of the first principles of monetary economics. The focus here is on how four specifications of these principles address such issues as the need for central banks and the potential for separation of the monetary functions. The case is made for one approach, which suggests that the need to establish trustworthy credit relations, in an environment subject to fundamental uncertainty, is at the heart of monetary systems. It is argued that monetary history demonstrates that monetary standards and central banking have indeed tended to be the outcome of the competitive process in the financial sector.

StatusPublished
AuthorsDow Sheila, Smithin John
Publication date02/1999
PublisherWiley-Blackwell for Scottish Economic Society
ISSN 0036-9292
LanguageEnglish

Journal
Scottish Journal of Political Economy: Volume 46, Issue 1 (1999)

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