Wicksell’s most influential contribution was his theory of interest, originally published in German language as Geldzins. Wicksell was born on 20 December in Stockholm, the youngest of six children. His parents died while he was still young but left sufficient funds to secure. Interest and Prices (Geldzins und Guiterpreise): A Study of the Causes. Regulating the Value of Money. By KNUT WICKSELL. Translated from the German by.

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Wicksell – Interest and Prices – Political Economy

Accordingly, he returned to the University of Uppsala where he completed the usual four-year law degree course in two years, and he became priices associate professor at that university in Money is not a “veil” — agents do react to it and this is not due to some irrational “money illusion”. Wicksell’s process has its roots in that of Henry Thornton.

What is the solution? Inhe published Studies in the theory of Public Finance and applied the ideas of marginalism to progressive taxationpublic goods and other aspects of public policy, attracting considerably more interest.

Knut Wicksell

Elements of his public policy were taken strongly to heart by the Swedish government, including his price-level targeting rule during the s Jonung and his vision of a welfare state.

No, it allows prices to adjust to their natural level in most cases. Nad died in while he was writing a final work on the theory of interest.

This seems so obvious once your read it, but if this is so, why have so many economist tried to use complex verbose theories.


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If they like banks could back it with real assets or not. Wicksell was born in Stockholm on December 20, Or at least exacerbated businesses cycles. Credit, then, is perceived quite appropriately as “money”.

Wicksell’s main intellectual rival was the American wlcksell Irving Fisherwho espoused a more succinct explanation of the quantity theory of moneyresting it almost exclusively on long run prices.

Although he was sometimes identified as a socialisthis solution to the problem was decidedly Malthusian in advocating birth controlwhich he would defend to the end of his life.

Wicksell – Interest and Prices

They simply reinvest it at higher rates around the world taking money of the US economy in the process and re-capitalizing them self with the spread courtesy of the Federal Reserve. They may try but this would involve making higher bids in the factor market which itself is supply-constrained — thus raising factor prices and hence the price of goods in general.

Cameralism Mercantilism Physiocrats School of Salamanca. Wicksell married Anna Bugge in That is the rate of interest entrepreneurs or must pay on loaned capital. Wicksell invented the key term natural rate of interest and defined it at that interest rate which is compatible with a stable price level.

They have caused or made worse every business cycle since their start. However, the reason central bankers do not like deflation is they feel it can suppress demand.

With the existence intterest credit money, Wicksell argued, two interest rates prevail: Extending from Ricardo’s investigation of income distribution, Wicksell concluded that even a totally unfettered economy was not destined to equalize wealth as a number of Wicksell’s predecessors had predicted.


This contribution, called the ” cumulative process ,” implied that if the natural rate of interest was not equal to the wixksell rate on loans, investment demand and savings would differ. This is an example of why in times of rising rates of interest there is often inflation and falling rates of interest there is often deflation. There are thousands of good banks in the US that act as banks not casinos. Here is the key point: Encyclopedia of Law and Economics.

Economics in Sweden wjcksell the time was taught as part of the law school, and Wicksell was unable to gain a chair until he was awarded a law degree. Wicksell’s theory claims, indeed, that increases in the supply of money leads to rises in price levels, but the original increase is endogenous, created by the relative conditions of the financial and real sectors.

The effect could be, no matter how much the government tried to prime the pump it will not work, because the real rate of interest is stuck below zero. What if the prives rate of interest was zero or close to zero? This is clear as it is observable and measurable. Wicksell’s contributions to economics have been described by some economists, including historian-of-economics Mark Blaugas fundamental to modern macroeconomics.