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By Robert Guttmann

Cybercash refers back to the production and movement of on-line funds. Guttman applies financial research to this digital cash to appreciate the way it will allow the net to re-establish itself because the dynamic middle of the hot economic climate and the way this new funds shape turns into the dominant money mechanism rivaling money, paper assessments or charge cards. this may be the 1st ebook to examine the arriving period of digital funds in the broader context of the economic climate.

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14 Roosevelt’s monetary reforms thus gave us what Hicks (1974) characterized as an ‘overdraft economy’, in effect a debt economy propelled forward by continuous debt-financing of excess spending and its partial monetization through automatic liquidity injections by banks. The debt economy made possible by the introduction of credit-money played a crucial role in the postwar boom of the 1950s and 60s: ■ For one, it greatly facilitated large-scale investment projects associated with mass production technology (that is, assembly-line plants) by funding them amply at low-interest rates.

While it provides us with a built-in safety net against the kind of depression we last experienced in the 1930s, any paper-money standard carries an inflationary bias. The Monetary Regime in Transition And such inflation can become deeply embedded in the daily operations of a modern economy. This may be because an economy built on forwardmoney contracts can easily institutionalize the expectation of rising inflation (for instance cost-of-living adjustments in collective-bargaining agreements). Or it may be because an economy built on mass production technology carries a lot of fixed costs in the form of depreciation and debtservicing charges which push up unit costs (that is, total production costs per unit of output) whenever output stagnates.

It is precisely when we do not have to ask ourselves where money comes from, how it circulates and who guarantees it that it has a chance to operate smoothly. Electronic Money The moment we are forced to wonder about these questions because of unforeseen circumstances, our confidence in whatever money form is currently prevailing will erode. Without that public trust no money can function effectively. Of course, history is replete with examples where monetary instability (hyperinflation, for instance) or financial crisis (such as widespread bank failures shrinking the supply of private bank money) undermined this presumed automaticity or where a degraded money form had to be replaced by a better alternative.

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