Monetization and Growth in Colonial New England, 1703-1749
21 Pages Posted: 19 Jul 2010 Last revised: 28 Sep 2022
Date Written: July 2010
We examine econometrically the real effects of paper money's introduction into colonial New England over the 1703-1749 period. Departing from earlier analyses that focus primarily on the depreciation of paper money in the region, we show that expansion of the money stock promoted growth in modern sector activity and not the other way around. We also find that bills emitted for seigniorage purposes had a positive effect on the modern sector, while bills issued through loan banks did not.
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