Reciprocal Exchange Networks: Implications for Macroeconomic Stability
Posted: 14 Jun 2000
Long time series on reciprocal exchange networks or "barter rings" show that trade volume and credit on these networks are highly counter-cyclical. Most studies of the macroeconomic impact of the internet focus on the stabilizing effect of greater price and inventory flexibility. However, the pre-internet experience of two large barter networks -- the International Reciprocal Trade Association (IRTA) in the US, and the Wirtschaftsring (WIR) of Switzerland -- suggests that expanded credit availability may be even more stabilizing.
JEL Classification: E00, P13
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