This new edition builds on first principles starting from a simple, clear monetary model to explain complex modern economies.
Too often monetary economics has been taught as a collection of facts about institutions for students to memorize. By teaching from first principles instead, this advanced undergraduate textbook builds on a simple, clear monetary model and applies this framework consistently to a wide variety of monetary questions. Starting with the case in which trade is mutually beneficial, the book demonstrates that money makes people better off, and that government money competes against other means of payments, including other types of government money. After developing each of these topics, the book tackles the issue of money competing against other stores of value, examining issues associated with trade, finance, and modern banking. The book then moves from simple economies to modern economies, addressing the role banks play in making more trades possible, concluding with the information problems plaguing modern banking, which result in financial crises.
Bruce Champ is Senior Research Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. Earlier he taught at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, the Universities of Iowa and Western Ontario, and Fordham University. Dr Champ's research interests focus on monetary economics and his articles have appeared in the American Economic Review, the Journal of Monetary Economics, the Canadian Journal of Economics and the Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking, among other leading academic publications. He coauthored the first and second editions of Modeling Monetary Economies with the late Scott Freeman.
Preface; Part I. Money: 1. Trade in a model with no frictions; 2. A simple model of money; 3. Barter and commodity money; 4. Inflation; 5. International monetary systems; 6. Price surprises; Part II. Banking: 7. Capital; 8. Liquidity and financial intermediation; 9. Central banking and the money supply; 10. Money stock fluctuations; 11. Fully backed central bank money; 12. The payments system; 13. Bank risk; 14. Liquidity risk and bank panics; Part III. Government Debt: 15. Deficits and the national debt; 16. Savings and investment; 17. The effect of the national debt on capital and savings; 18. The temptation of inflation; References; Author index; Subject index.
'This is my favorite textbook for my undergraduate course in monetary economics. It requires only a small investment in order to familiarize the students with the overlapping generations model. Thereafter, the book covers a broad set of topics by building simple extensions of the basic model. My students love it and I can also highly recommend it to any reader interested in money, banking, and monetary policy.' Aleksander Berentsen, Universitat Basel, Switzerland 'In this book, Professor Haslag, a first-rate economist with a theoretical bent, takes the reader into the landscape of modern monetary economics to help us make sense of the deep questions: what does money do? Why do we have money? Why is banking important? Why is inflation bad? And many others. The book uses the overlapping generations model as its workhorse to study a vast range of issues such as money supply, inflation, financial intermediation and banking, and payments systems. The writing, as always, is lucid, precise, and engaging. I can think of no other undergraduate textbook in macro- or monetary economics that infects the reader with as much passion for the craft of economics as this one.' Joydeep Bhattacharya, Iowa State University 'This book is the most rigorous and accessible treatment of monetary issues based on dynamic, micro-founded models of monetary exchange for advanced undergraduate students. It answers fundamental questions: why is fiat money valued? Can money coexist with interest-bearing assets? What is the role of banks and central banks? It also addresses topical questions relative to payment systems, liquidity risk, and the effects of the national debt on future growth. It is a must-read for all students eager to learn advanced monetary economics.' Guillaume Rocheteau, University of California, Irvine
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