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Monetarism Under Thatcher: Lessons for the Future

Monetarism Under Thatcher: Lessons for the Future (Hardback)

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This authoritative book analyses the recent problems associated with the UK's monetary system and suggests a long-term solution to control bank lending in the future. It draws on extensive historical material, discussions with former senior officials and politicians, and the perceptive insights of Gordon Pepper, an advisor to Margaret Thatcher when the foundations of monetary control were being laid, to revisit and re-examine the monetarist experiment of the 1980s.

The authors argue that, in spite of the instinct of the Prime Minister, the authorities never attempted to control the supply of money in the 1980s and only paid lip service to controlling the demand for money. Extraordinary behaviour of bank lending was a significant cause of the Barber boom in the mid-1970s, of the Lawson boom of the 1980s and of the depth of the recession in the early 1990s. They assert that varying interest rates is an ineffective tool to manage lending and controversially propose that the only enduring solution is to control the banks' reserves. The authors forcefully argue that should the UK not become a member of the European Single Currency the debate surrounding monetary base control will need to be reopened.

By reassessing a significant era in British economic policy and suggesting a strategy for the future, this book will be of great interest to economic historians, monetary and political economists, policymakers and investment advisers.

BusinessEconomicsEconomic historyBusinessEconomicsMacroeconomicsMonetary economicsBusinessEconomicsPolitical economy Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd Publication Date: 27/06/2001 ISBN-13: 9781840646375  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Gordon T. Pepper, CBE, former Honorary Visiting Professor, Department of Banking and Finance, City University Business School and Chairman, Lombard Street Research Ltd., UK and Michael J. Oliver, Professor of Economics, ESC Rennes School of Business, France and Associate of Lombard Street Research

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