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posted on 01.09.2008, 00:00 by Allan MeltzerAllan Meltzer

THIRTY years have passed since anyone wrote a book exclusively—or even largely— devoted to an analysis of the supply of money. Phillip Cagan's Determinants and Effects of Changes in the Stock of Money, 1875-1960 (1965)1 would be welcome, therefore, if it did no more than intensify interest in a subject that lay dormant until recently. The book does much more, however. Cagan patiently examines the multitude of factors that influence the principal determinants of the money supply and hence the money supply itself. He then extracts from his data information about the perennial questions: Do changes in money cause the subsequent changes in output and prices? Or, is the stock of money pulled up and down by secular and cyclical changes in prices and output so that movements of money may be regarded as of little or no causal significance


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