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  • Page extent: 344 pages
  • Size: 216 x 138 mm
  • Weight: 0.44 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9780521008051 | ISBN-10: 0521008050)

Towards a New Paradigm for Monetary Economics presents a pioneer treatment of critical topics in monetary economics. Unlike the prevailing monetary theory, this book focuses not on the role of money in facilitating transactions, but on the role of credit in facilitating economic activities more broadly. The 'new paradigm' emphasizes the demand and supply of loanable funds, which in turn requires the understanding of the imperfections of information and the role of banks. One enlightening view is that credit is quite different from other commodities in the sense that the former is based on information and default risk. The book consists of two parts. The first part develops a basic model of credit based on banks' portfolio choices. The second part is dedicated to the policy implications, among which are the liberalization of financial markets, the East Asian Crisis, the 1991 US recession and the subsequent recovery.

• Stiglitz is one of the world's most highly regarded yet controversial and high profile economists, recently Senior Vice President of World Bank and Winner of the 2001 Nobel Prize for Economics • Outlines new approach to monetary economics • Important policy implications


Introduction; Part I. Theory: 1. Reflections on the current state of monetary economics; 2. How finance differs; 3. The ideal banking system; 4. Restricted banking; 5. Market equilibrium; 6. From the corn economy to the monetary economy; 7. Towards a general equilibrium theory of credit; Part II. Applications: 8. Monetary policy; 9. Regulatory policy and the new paradigm; 10. Financial market liberalization; 11. Restructuring the banking sector; 12. Regional downturns and development of monetary policy; 13. The East Asia Crisis; 14. The 1991 US recession and the recovery; 15. The new paradigm and the new economy; 16. Concluding remarks.


'… recommended reading for all monetary economists and practitioners alike.' International Affairs

'Overall this is an excellent contribution to our understanding of the functioning of modern financial markets. It will become essential reading for students, researchers, practitioners and policy-makers with an interest in the behaviour of monetary and financial systems.' Journal of International Development

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