Going Beyond Monetary Constitutions: The Congruence of Money and Finance
27 Pages Posted: 29 Oct 2015 Last revised: 20 Nov 2017
Date Written: October 28, 2015
We extend the literature on ‘monetary constitutions’ by arguing that binding rules must go beyond specifying the behavior of the monetary authority. Instead, a genuine monetary constitution must also be a financial constitution: it must take into account the natural and evolved links between money and banking, treating them as a single institution. We present a unified conception of money and banking, show how modern monetary institutions have severed the traditional links between money and banking, and discuss how macroeconomic stability is an unintended result of a self-enforcing constitution for the money-and-banking system. Finally, we conclude by discussing the implications of our argument for re-orienting the conversation on post-financial crisis stability towards genuinely institutional solutions.
Keywords: Commodity standard, depositors, extended liability, financial constitution, macroprudential policy, monetary constitution
JEL Classification: E42, E44, E52, G21, P16
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