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Economic Commentary

Money and Velocity in the 1980s

The behavior of money has changed greatly in the 1980s. This article identifies the newly emerging patterns in money and its relationship to economic activity. These new patterns, largely a consequence of both deregulation and disinflation, reveal an increased sensitivity of money to interest rates. The implications for the role of money in the monetary policy process are also discussed.

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Suggested Citation

Carlson, John B., and John McElravey. 1989. “Money and Velocity in the 1980s.” Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, Economic Commentary 1/15/1989.