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Title: Credit mechanics - a precursor to the current money supply debate

Author(s): Frank Decker and Charles A Goodhart

Publication Date: October 2018

Keyword(s): balances mechanics, Bank credit, credit creation, credit mechanics and money supply theory

Programme Area(s): Monetary Economics and Fluctuations

Abstract: This paper assesses the theory of credit mechanics within the context of the current money supply debate. Credit mechanics and related approaches were developed by a group of German monetary economists during the 1920s-1960s. Credit mechanics overcomes a one-sided, bank-centric view of money creation, which is often encountered in monetary theory. We show that the money supply is influenced by the interplay of loan creation and repayment rates; the relative share of credit volume neutral debtor-to-debtor and creditor-to-creditor payments; the availability of loan security; and the behavior of non-banks and non-borrowing bank creditors . With the standard textbook models of money creation now discredited, we argue that a more general approach to money supply theory involving credit mechanics needs to be established.

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Decker, F and Goodhart, C. 2018. 'Credit mechanics - a precursor to the current money supply debate'. London, Centre for Economic Policy Research.