SMP: Cryptocurrencies and the Denationalisation of Money

In Denationalisation of Money (1976), Hayek put forward the idea of currency competition. The money supply should be determined through a competitive market process rather than by experts in charge of central banks. Hayek’s proposal would have private banks issue their own fiat currencies, competing to provide the currency with the most stable purchasing power. This, Hayek argued, would provide a more stable money supply than experts at central banks can.

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