fbpx Paper money is unfit for a world of high crime and low inflation | Harvard Kennedy School

Additional Authors:

  • Kenneth Rogoff

Excerpt

Paper money is unfit for a world of high crime and low inflation. Kenneth Rogoff, May 28, 2014, Opinion. "Has the time come to consider phasing out anonymous paper currency, starting with large-denomination notes? Getting rid of physical currency and replacing it with electronic money would kill two birds with one stone. First, it would eliminate the zero bound on policy interest rates that has handcuffed central banks since the financial crisis. At present, if central banks try setting rates too far below zero, people will start bailing out into cash. Second, phasing out currency would address the concern that a significant fraction..." Link