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Monetarism

Popularized by Milton Friedman, monetarism is a school of economics that argues that changes in the money supply are the prime cause of economic instability. In the short run, changes in the money supply are said to be non-neutral. That is such changes affect production output in the short run but become neutral in the long run, causing, ceteris paribus, a rise in the general price level proportional to the increase of money. Monetarists advocate a slow, steady increase of the money supply in order to stabilize aggregate demand.

 

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