Horizontalists, verticalists, and structuralists: The theory of endogenous money reassessed

Thomas I. Palley
IMK - Institut für Makroökonomie und Konjunkturforschung, Hans-Böckler-Stiftung, 2013
Level: expert
Perspectives: Institutionalist Economics, Post-Keynesian Economics
Topic: institutions, macroeconomics, money & debt
Format: Working paper/Journal article
Link: https://www.imk-boeckler.de/de/faust-detail.htm?sync_id=6810

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Horizontalists, verticalists, and structuralists: The theory of endogenous money reassessed

Thomas I. Palley | 2013 | IMK Working Paper no. 121


Abstract: This paper uses the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of Basil Moore’s book, Horizontalists and Verticalists, to reassess the theory of endogenous money. The paper distinguishes between horizontalists, verticalists, and structuralists. It argues Moore’s horizontalist representation of endogenous money was an over-simplification that discarded important enduring insights from monetary theory. The structuralist approach to endogenous money retains the basic insight that the money supply is credit driven but remedies horizontalism’s omissions and over-simplifications. Twenty-five years later, horizontalism has largely morphed into structuralism. The theoretical challenge going forward is to develop the role of money and finance in a Keynesian theory of output determination. As regards monetary policy, the challenge is how to conduct policy in a world of endogenous money. These concerns emanate naturally from a structuralist perspective on endogenous money.

Editors' note: We would like to thank Thomas Palley for permitting his paper to be made available on our site.

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Comment from our editors:

This paper is a masterly overview of the theory of endogenous money, its origins, various trains of thought, and implications for macroeconomic theory. With monetary theory arguably constituting the core of the dispute between the neoclassical school of economic thought and thus its modern-day cousin, the New Keynesian analytical framework on the one hand and the (Post-)Keynesian school on the other, Palley's paper is a superb introduction into heterodox economic thinking.

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