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Early beginnings of the quantity theory of money and their context in Polish and Prussian monetary policies

Volckart, Oliver (2003) Early beginnings of the quantity theory of money and their context in Polish and Prussian monetary policies. Economic History Review, 50 (3). pp. 430-449. ISSN 0013-0117

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Identification Number: 10.1111/1468-0289.00063

Abstract

In c. 1540 the counsellors of the King of Poland discovered the central tenet of the quantity theory of money. They were the first to maintain that it was necessary to limit the coinage in order to stop prices rising. Their ideas emerged independently and were much more advanced than the views of Copernicus, and they were applied by the Polish government. The article also claims that this policy was, in principle, appropriate to check the rise of prices. Its investigation of economic conditions in Prussia shows that there is no need for a controversy between the proponents of the monetary and the neo–Malthusian explanations.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(IS...
Additional Information: © 2003 Wiley
Divisions: Economic History
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DK Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics
H Social Sciences > HG Finance
Sets: Departments > Economic History
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2017 07:21
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2020 03:03
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/84631

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