Short of Inches

Once upon a time there was a skilled carpenter who had a reputation for reliability and magnificent furniture for homes and businesses. Over the years he built up a well-equipped workshop, with an adequate warehouse full of selected materials alongside. One morning he was working on an order to outfit a new store, when heContinue reading “Short of Inches”

Network of Trust

Ryan Fugger: The Ripple service allows payments between interconnected friends and businesses. Normally, if your friend Alice owed you $10, she would have to pay you back before you could make any use of that debt. If you were creative, however, you might be able to pass the debt on to someone else who knewContinue reading “Network of Trust”

Can banks create money out of nothing

Richard A. Werner: This paper presents the first empirical evidence in the history of banking on the question of whether banks can create money out of nothing. Three hypotheses are recognised in the literature. According to the financial intermediation theory of banking, banks are merely intermediaries like other non-bank financial institutions, collecting deposits that are thenContinue reading “Can banks create money out of nothing”

Financing a mill

Once upon a time an entrepreneur envisaged a watermill in a village with all the resources and skills to construct one. The mill’s construction drew on forests and quarries for raw materials, and on carpenters and masons for skills, stimulating demand and thus economic activity. Once the mill was completed, the village could reduce costs ofContinue reading “Financing a mill”

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