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Some Monetary Facts

George T. McCandless Jr.
Warren E. Weber - Retired Economist

Fall 2001

Abstract
This article describes three long-run monetary facts derived by examining data for 110 countries over a 30-year period, using three definitions of a country's money supply and two subsamples of countries: (1) Growth rates of a country's money supply and the general price level are highly correlated for all three money definitions, for the full sample of countries, and for both subsamples. (2) The growth rates of money and real output are not correlated, except for a subsample of countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, where these growth rates are positively correlated. (3) The rate of inflation and the growth rate of real output are essentially uncorrelated


Reprinted From: Quarterly Review (Vol. 19, No. 3, Summer 1995, pp. 2-11)

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