Alexander Hamilton, antebellum banking, First Bank of the United States, mercantilism, ten dollar bill

(Originally appeared on Alt-M on December 30, 2015) *** In this past summer’s controversy over whether Alexander Hamilton’s image should be replaced on the $10 bill, outraged commentators made many extravagant claims on behalf of Hamilton’s wisdom in matters of money and banking policy.  For example, Ben…

Irving fisher, monetary disequilibrium, stable money, sound money, monetary reform

Irving Fisher’s classic treatise, The Purchasing Power of Money: Its Determination and Relation to Credit, Interest and Crises (1911), still offers valuable insights regarding monetary reform. This post examines some of Fisher’s insights and draws some lessons for Fed policy. The Importance of Stable Money Fisher recognized…

AMU, Alternative Money University, monetary economics, students, Cato Institute

After a successful inaugural offering in 2018, the Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives at the Cato Institute is pleased to announce that Alternative Money University – our 3-day academic workshop for students interested in monetary economics – is coming back in July 2019. As followers of…