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David Hume on Banking and Hoarding
Southern Economic Journal
  • Maria Pia Paganelli, Trinity University
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David Hume opposes banks and favors hoarding. The only bank he reluctantly approves of is a public, 100% reserve bank. Other banks increase money supply and prices, hindering exports and economic growth. For Hume, a 100% reserve public bank would lead to ‘‘the destruction of paper-credit’’ ([1752] 1985, p. 285), fostering economic growth instead by preventing inflation. Additionally, a 100% reserve bank hoards a large quantity of gold and silver, which is available in case of national emergency.
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Paganelli, M. P. (2014). David Hume on Banking and Hoarding. Southern Economic Journal, 80(4), 968-980.