The Monetary Theory of Production

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 4, 2003 - Business & Economics
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In mainstream economic theory money functions as an instrument for the circulation of commodities or for keeping a stock of liquid wealth. In neither case is it considered fundamental to the production of goods or the distribution of income. Augusto Graziani challenges traditional theories of monetary production, arguing that a modern economy based on credit cannot be understood without a focus on the administration of credit flows. He argues that market asset configuration depends not upon consumer preferences and available technologies but on how money and credit are managed. A strong exponent of the circulation theory of monetary production, Graziani presents an original and perhaps controversial argument that will stimulate debate on the topic.
 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 Neoclassical monetary theory
33
3 A monetary economy
58
4 The creation of bank money
82
5 The distribution of income
96
6 The role of financial markets
114
7 Real and monetary interest
129
8 Implications for monetary policy
138
9 Concluding remarks
144
References
159
Index
170
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Augusto Graziani is Professor of Economics in the University of Rome La Sapienza. He is the author of Teoria Economica (4th edition, 2002).