Gold Monetization and Gold Discipline.

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Flood, Robert P ; Garber, Peter M (1984)
  • Journal: Journal of Political Economy, volume 92, issue 1 February, pages 90-107
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.1086/261209

The paper is a study of the price level and relative price effects of a policy to monetize gold and fix its price at a given future time and at the then prevailing nominal price. Price movements are analyzed both during the transition to the gold standard and during the post-monetization period. The paper also explores the adjustments to fiat money which are necessary to ensure that this type of gold monetization is non-inflationary. Finally, some conditions which produce a run on the government's gold stock leading to the collapse of the gold standard and the timing of such a run are examined.
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