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Money, Inflation, and Output Under Fiat and Commodity Standards

Arthur J. Rolnick - Senior Vice President and Director of Research, 1985-2010
Warren E. Weber - Retired Economist

Spring 1998

Abstract
This study examines the behavior of money, inflation, and output under fiat and commodity standards to better understand how changes in monetary policy affect economic activity. Using long-term historical data for 15 countries, the study finds that the growth rates of various monetary aggregates are more highly correlated with inflation and with each other under fiat standards than under commodity standards. Money growth, inflation, and output growth are also higher under fiat standards. In contrast, the study does not find that money growth is more highly correlated with output growth under one type of standard than under the other.

This study was originally published in the Journal of Political Economy (December 1997, vol. 105, no. 6, pp. 1308–21). It is reprinted in the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Quarterly Review with the permission of the University of Chicago Press.


Reprinted From: Journal of Political Economy (Vol. 105, No. 6, December 1997, pp. 1308-1321)

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