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New evidence on income and the velocity of money

Graves, Philip E. (1978): New evidence on income and the velocity of money. Published in: Economic Inquiry , Vol. 16, No. 1 : pp. 53-68.


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Time series and cross-country empirical results suggest that cash holding as a percentage of income rises, or alternatively that velocity falls, as income increases. Numerous cross-sectional findings at many points in time, in several countries conclude oppositely. It is argued here that the former findings suffer from omitted variable bias by ignoring socio-demographic variables affecting the demand for cash balances. When one incorporates such demand shifters into the analysis the time series and cross-country are seen as consistent with the critically reexamined result that velocity increases with income.

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