SSE/EFI Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance
The Provision of Liquidity in the Swedish Note-Banking System
Abstract: The working of the”asset currency” provided by the Swedish
note banking system in 1878–1901 is described. Natural and institutional
conditions caused the demand for currency to peak in March and September,
with troughs in July and January. The paper investigates how the Enskilda
banks provided liquidity to solve the problem. This is done by describing
how the volume of notes varied over the year, and how other balance sheet
items co-moved with them. Strong seasonal co-variation is found
particularly between lending and foreign payments media, varying like
communicating vessels over the sailing season in May–October (when the sea
was ice free and shipments were made).
Keywords: Free banking; Elastic currency; Asset currency; Clearing mechanism; Note competition; Needs of trade; Lender of last resort; Sailing season; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: G21; N13; N23; (follow links to similar papers)
44 pages, November 17, 2005
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