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Lawson, T.

Debt as Money

Cambridge Journal of Economics

Vol. 42(4) pp. 1165–1181 (2018)

Abstract: Money is positioned bank debt. This is a thesis I have previously defended in this journal. In the current paper, I elaborate the thesis and provide further grounding for it, especially in the light of criticism by others. In so doing, I examine how positioned bank debt as money works and how, in one case at least, it originally emerged

Keywords: Money, Credit/debt, Social ontology, Social positioning, Means of payment, Purchasing power, Legal tender, Liquidity, Rights, Obligations

JEL Codes: B3, B2, B1, B4, B5, B00, P1, A1, N00, P00

Author links: Tony Lawson  

Publisher's Link: https://academic.oup.com/cje/article/42/4/1165/5054022



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