Network Effects and Money


The common basis for this work is that it deals with money as a network good, i.e. that the value of a specific currency or payment technique is dependent on the number of users. This book analyzes monetary choice in the light of this network aspect from different perspectives. The so-called network effects, which may result from a network good, can work as reinforcement or as an obstacle to spontaneously or politically controlled changes in the monetary regime. As a result problems associated with the adoption of a new currency or new (electronic) payment techniques may arise.

The book includes both theoretical discussions as well as a discussion about Carl Menger´s monetary theory and its connection to the network effects of money. The last chapter of the book analyzes a specific case, namely the Euro cash changeover process that took place in 2002.

This work should be useful for people with a general interest in choice of monetary standards, but also for people who specifically want to read about the Euro Cash changeover process or Carl Menger’s monetary theory.

Sick of Inequality?

An Introduction to the Relationship between Inequality and Health

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In this book Andreas Bergh, Therese Nilsson, IFN and Lund University, and Daniel Waldenström, IFN and Paris School of Economics, France, review the latest research on the relationship between inequality and health. What does inequality mean for our health? Does increasing income inequality affect outcomes such as obesity, life expectancy and subjective well-being?


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