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Digital Cash: Principles & Practical Steps

Michael D. Bordo, Andrew T. Levin

NBER Working Paper No. 25455
Issued in January 2019
NBER Program(s):Monetary Economics

If the global economy encounters another severe adverse shock in coming years, will major central banks be able to provide sufficient monetary stimulus to preserve price stability and foster economic recovery? Our empirical analysis indicates that the Federal Reserve’s QE3 program was not an effective form of monetary stimulus and that unconventional monetary policies undertaken in the Eurozone and in Japan have been similarly limited in impact. We then consider how digital cash could bolster the effectiveness of monetary policy, and we characterize some potential steps for implementing digital cash via public-private partnerships between the central bank and supervised financial institutions. Our analysis indicates that digital cash could significantly enhance the stability of the financial system.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w25455

 
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