Banks don’t channel money from savers to borrowers; they create money.
In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, economists and policy makers have resorted to banking regulatory reform in the belief that new rules will adequately safeguard the financial system. But that thinking lies in part on the conventional wisdom that banks act as conduits to transfer money from savers to borrowers. Yet banks actually create money, as economists Michael Kumhof and Zoltán Jakab explain in this timely commentary. Their viewpoint is not new, just forgotten since the 1930s, but it suggests a fresh approach to economic management. getAbstract recommends this scholarly article to experts in banking, finance and economics.
In this summary, you will learn
- What conventional macroeconomics assumes about banking,
- How banks create money and
- Why policy makers should include the financing function of banks in regulatory considerations.
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12 months agoIt is a kind of spiral.
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