|Lecture handout: Money and central banking*
Textbook Reading: Chapter 7 (Section 7.3; pp. 216-255)
“I’m very interested to watch the crypto community relearn centuries of monetary economics” John Cochrane (Conversations with Tyler, March 10th 2021)
Can someone really understand crypto currencies and the future of digital money without having a solid grasp of why money even exists? This topic is a great example of why historic knowledge and theoretical clarity are crucial when involved in fast changing industries – it provides a benchmark to verify the bold claims made by industry practitioners.
The purpose of this lecture is to gain a deep understanding of what money is and how it has evolved.
- Menger, C., 1892, “On the Origins of Money” Economic Journal, 2:239-55
- Radford, R.A., 1945, “The Economic Organization of a P.O.W. Camp”, Economica, 12(48):189-201
- How fake money saved Brazil, Planet Money, October 5th 2010
- “Pierpaolo Barbieri on Latin American FinTech“, Conversations with Tyler, May 19th 2021 – in particular this shows the importance of knowing financial and economic history for tech founders
- Hashpower – Part 1, Investors Field Guide – a fantastic early introduction to blockchain technology and potential of crypto assets
If you are totally new to concepts like blockchain, bitcoin and NFTs and want a thorough account of the history and development, in a well produced an informative documentary that takes a highly skeptical and cynical approach, I recommend this:
For a more positive view of NFTs, an identification of the context in which they’ve emerged (post global financial crisis and great stagnation), and subjectivist approach to value, see this Twitter thread.
|Learning Objectives: Understand the origins of money.|