Thursday, August 3, 2017

Incomplete construction

On the economics of currency competition

His conclusion is correct today
There is an important lesson here: the threat of competition from private monies imposes market discipline on any government that issues currency. If a central bank, for example, does not provide a sufficiently ‘good’ money, then it will have difficulties in implementing allocations. This may be the best feature of cryptocurrencies. In a world in which we can switch to Bitcoin or Ethereum, central banks need to provide, paraphrasing Adam Smith, a tolerable administration of money. Currency competition may have a large upside for human welfare after all.

But he completely ignores money market function, S&L tech.  Bitcoin will be saved and borrowed with interest charges denominated in bitcoin, for example.

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