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The case for cash

James McAndrews ()

Latin American Journal of Central Banking (previously Monetaria), 2020, vol. 1, issue 1

Abstract: Cash is an extremely useful social contrivance. Kenneth Rogoff, who calls for phasing-out high denomination cash over time, recently discussed two possible drawbacks of high-denomination cash: the extensive use of high-denomination cash in crime and in illicit and corrupt activities and the role cash plays in preventing deeply negative nominal interest rates imposed on bank accounts. I will argue that using cash is preferable to the alternative, which entails worse types of crimes committed in the absence of cash. Consequently, the current high-denomination cash in the U.S. should be retained.

Keywords: Cash; Debt; Crime (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D23 E42 E58 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1016/j.latcb.2020.100004

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