Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/57068
Authors: 
Bezemer, Dirk
Gardiner, Geoffrey
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
Working paper, Levy Economics Institute 622
Abstract: 
This paper discusses recent UK monetary policies as instances of John Kenneth Galbraith's 'innocent fraud,' including the idea that money is a thing rather than a relationship, the fallacy of composition (i.e., that what is possible for one bank is possible for all banks), and the belief that the money supply can be controlled by reserves management. The origins of the idea of quantitative easing (QE), and its defense when it was applied in Britain, are analyzed through this lens. An empirical analysis of the effect of reserves on lending is conducted; we do not find evidence that QE 'worked,' either by a direct effect on money spending, or through an equity market effect. These findings are placed in a historical context in a comparison with earlier money control experiments in the UK.
Subjects: 
quantitative easing
UK innocent frauds
accounting
JEL: 
E52
E58
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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