Do Shadow Banks Create Money? ‘Financialisation’ and the Monetary Circuit

24 Pages Posted: 5 Apr 2017

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Jo Michell

University of the West of England (UWE)

Date Written: May 2017


The rise of the shadow banking system is viewed through the theoretical lens of Graziani’s Monetary Theory of Production. Graziani’s categories of ‘initial finance’ and ‘final finance’ are used to analyse the new forms of credit created in the shadow banking sector. It is argued that the accumulation of leverage in the shadow banking system and the creation of credit money by the traditional banking sector are symbiotic processes. While Graziani’s triangular debtor‐bank‐creditor relationship remains central, the circuit operates in a perverse form in which household debt is stored on the balance sheets of shadow banks, allowing the banking system to break the historical connection between money creation and productive activity.

Suggested Citation

Michell, Jo, Do Shadow Banks Create Money? ‘Financialisation’ and the Monetary Circuit (May 2017). Metroeconomica, Vol. 68, Issue 2, pp. 354-377, 2017, Available at SSRN: or

Jo Michell (Contact Author)

University of the West of England (UWE) ( email )

Blackberry Hill Bristol
Bristol, Avon BS16 1QY
United Kingdom

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