Free Banking in Britain: Theory, Experience and Debate, 1800-1845
Second Edition (Revised and Extended)
Автор(и) : Lawrence H. White
Издател : The Institute of Economic Affairs
Място на издаване : London, UK
Година на издаване : 2008
ISBN : 978-0-255-36375-4
Брой страници : 176
Език : английски
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Free banking, generically speaking, denotes a monetary system without a central bank, under which the issuing of currency is left to private banks. This book explores how this could work in practice by examining how this has worked historically, specifically in the United Kingdom in the early 19th century. After building a theory of free banking, its central chapters explore the history of Scotland’s experience of free banking and the contemporary policy debate over the question of whether Parliament should allow free banking in England.
"Authors in both the 19th and 20th centuries have claimed that freedom of bank note issue, even where issuers are bound to redeem notes for specie, implies inherent instability in the quantity and value of the currency. The most thorough way to evaluate these claims is to examine the operation of a free banking system theoretically, seeking to discover whether self-interested agents in that system give rise to stable ot instable monetary processes."
Lawrence H. White
Lawrence H. White is a professor of economics at George Mason University. Prior to his position at George Mason, he was the F. A. Hayek Professor of Economic History in the Department of Economics, University of Missouri-St. Louis. He has been a visiting professor at the Queen's School of Management and Economics, Queen's University of Belfast, and a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.
Professor White is the author of The Theory of Monetary Institutions (Blackwell, 1999), Free Banking in Britain (2nd ed., IEA, 1995), and Competition and Currency (NYU Press, 1989). He is the editor of several works, including The History of Gold and Silver (3 vols., Pickering and Chatto, 2000), The Crisis in American Banking (NYU Press, 1993), African Finance: Research and Reform (ICS Press, 1993), and Free Banking (3 vols., Edward Elgar, 1993). His articles on monetary theory and banking history have appeared in the American Economic Review, the Journal of Economic Literature, the Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking, and other leading professional journals.
Dr. White earned his PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles, and his AB from Harvard University.
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