A model of commodity money

Thomas J. Sargent, Meil Wallace

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    Commodity money is modeled as one or two of the capital goods in a one-consumption good and one or two capital-good, overlapping generations model. Among the topics addressed using versions of the model are (i) the nature of the inefficiency of commodity money, (ii) the validity of quantity-theory predictions for commodity money systems, (iii) the circumstances under which one commodity emerges naturally as the commodity money, (iv) the role of inside money (money backed by private debt) in commodity money systems and (v) the circumstances under which a government can choose the commodity to serve as the commodity money.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)163-187
    Number of pages25
    JournalJournal of Monetary Economics
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - 1983

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Finance
    • Economics and Econometrics


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