This classic set of essays by Nobel Laureate and leading monetary theorist Milton Friedman presents a coherent view of the role of money, focusing on specific topics related to the empirical analysis of monetary phenomena and policy. The early chapters cover factors determining the real quantity of money held in a community and the welfare implications of policies that affect the quantity held.
Burns and Homer Jones. Upon graduation in with a joint major in economics and mathematics, he was offered a tuition scholarship in economics at the University of Chicagowhere he was a student of Frank Knight and Jacob Viner, among others.
After an academic year in Chicago, Friedman received a fellowship to move to Columbia Universitywhere he was taught by Harold Hotelling and Wesley C.
In his third year as a graduate student he returned to Chicago as research assistant to Henry Schultz. Apart from an academic year as visiting professor at the University of Wisconsin —between and Friedman worked in Washington, D.
His Columbia doctoral dissertation was concluded at the NBER by as part of collaboration with Simon Kuznets on incomes from independent professional practice. After a year as associate professor at the University of MinnesotaFriedman joined the faculty at the University of Chicago inreplacing Viner as professor of economic theory.
He became full professor inthe same year he rejoined the NBER to carry out together with Anna Schwartz study of monetary factors in business cycles, a project that culminated with the Friedman-Schwartz volume Monetary Trends in the United States and the United Kingdom. Friedman continued to teach at Chicago untilwhen he took up a position as senior research fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.
The permanent income hypothesis has had a profound impact on empirical work on the consumption function and other fields, despite its implicit treatment of lifetime as infinite, which makes it unsuitable to deal with optimization over the expected life of the economic agent.
Another important contribution by Friedman to the pure theory of statistics and decision-making was his essay with Leonard Savage on the implications of the von Neumann-Morgenstern cardinal utility function for risky choices, which influenced the development of portfolio selection theory.
Friedman and Savage showed that choice under uncertainty could be represented by a process of maximizing expected utility, which allowed them to explain the simultaneous practice of gamble and insurance under some assumptions.
The first product of that workshop was the volume of Studies in the Quantity Theory of Money, edited by Friedman. Friedman and Schwartz examined individual episodes in U. Although the theme of expectations already could be found in his writings in the s and early s, it was only after his seminal presidential address to the American Economic Association that the distinction between expected and unexpected values of variables became prominent.
Friedman argued that the trade-off between inflation and unemployment measured by the traditional Phillips curve is a temporary phenomenon that disappears in the long run, once inflation becomes anticipated by economic agents In contrast with his other contributions to monetary economics, the natural rate of unemployment hypothesis was not subjected to empirical testing by Friedman, in part because his definition of the concept is not fully operational, as argued by Frank Hahn and others.
One of his main empirical findings was that monetary changes affect output and prices with a long, variable, and unpredictable lag; this is behind his skepticism of the stabilizing role of discretionary monetary policy.
Instead, Friedman argued—coherently with the Chicago tradition of Henry Simons and others—for a fixed rule to expand the money supply by a constant and known annual percentage. As Friedman was aware, such a rule could only be implemented with a system of flexible exchange rates, which had been advocated by him since the early s on the grounds that flexible rates would lead to a more efficient process of adjustment of the balance of payments.
This would mean, in long-run equilibrium, that the private marginal cost of holding real cash balances the nominal rate of interest is the same as its social marginal cost zeroa Pareto optimum situation. Those experiments and their results were highly contended, however, as a result of the instability of the demand for money following financial deregulation and the weak link between money growth and inflation in the s.
These include the notion that monetary policy should target nominal quantities such as inflation instead of output and employment, as well as the view that it is usually a more potent tool for economic stabilization than fiscal policy.Essays in Positive Economics () by Milton Friedman Add To MetaCart.
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Among his other well-known books are Essays in Positive Economics (), which included famous papers on the methodology of economics; Studies in the Quantity Theory of Money (), which revitalized the classic quantity theory of money as a foundation for monetarism; A Theory of the Consumption Function (), which provided a novel.
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This site is like a library, Use search box in the widget to get ebook that you want. Note:! In , at the suggestion of Alex Morin at the University of Chicago Press, I collected some of these articles, plus two new ones, in a book titled Essays in Positive Economics.
The two new articles, 'The Methodology of Positive Economics' and 'The Case for Flexible Exchange Rates,' became two of my most widely cited and influential articles.