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Against Monetary Disequilibrium Theory and Fractional Reserve Free Banking

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07/30/2014Laura Davidson

Volume 15, No. 2 (Summer 2012)

The theory of monetary disequilibrium, as espoused by Selgin (1988), White (1989), Horwitz (2000), and others, has been used to justify the issuance of fiduciary media under a system of fractional reserve “free” banking. The present paper examines this monetary disequilibrium theory and concludes that it contains numerous errors and logical fallacies. The foundational economic argument in favor of fractional reserve banking is invalid.

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Laura Davidson is an independent scholar. She has been a presenter at the Austrian Economic Research Conference, and has authored a number of articles that have been published in peer-reviewed journals. In 2013, she was awarded the Lawrence A. Fertig Prize for the paper that best advances economic science in the Austrian tradition. She is a graduate of Oxford University.

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Davidson, Laura. "Against Monetary Disequilibrium Theory and Fractional Reserve Free Banking." The Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics 15, No. 2 (Summer 2012): 195–220.

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