No money, no inflation - the role of money in the economy

Quarterly Bulletin 2002 Q2
Published on 18 June 2002

By Mervyn King, Deputy Governor.

In this article, Mervyn King, Deputy Governor, examines the apparent contradiction that the acceptance of the idea inflation is a monetary phenomenon has been accompanied by the lack of references to money in the conduct of monetary policy during its most successful period. The disappearance of money from the models used by economists is, however, more apparent than real, with official interest rates playing the leading role as the instrument of policy, with money in the wings off-stage. Nevertheless, there are real dangers in relegating money to this behind-the-scenes role.

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