Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Are you a mercantilist? A checklist (amv)

According to Humphrey the 'mercantilist doctine' claims that
  1. money stimulates trade,
  2. real cost-push forces determine the price level and the inflation rate,
  3. the interest rate is a purely monetary variable whose level, high or low, is proof of the scarcity or abundance of money,
  4. idle hoards absorb any cash not employed in driving trade,
  5. causality runs from prices and real activity to money such that the money stock passively adapts to the needs of trade,
  6. overissue is impossible when the money stock is backed by the nominal value of real property, and
  7. discretion outperforms rules in the conduct of monetary policy.

Can you identify yourself? If not, that's fine. If you do, return to start and study anew.