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Department of Economic History, Stockholm University Stockholm Papers in Economic History
Department of Economic History, Stockholm University

No 6:
Swedish monetary standards in historical perspective

Rodney Edvinsson ()

Abstract: This paper classifies the monetary standards in Sweden from the Middle Ages to the present, and gives an overview of the various currencies that were in use. During most of Sweden’s history, a commodity standard was in place, while the fiat standard is a rather late innovation. The classification into monetary standards is also related to the issue of debasement under the commodity standard and the mechanisms behind the rise of multiple currencies.

Keywords: monetary history; monetary standard; Sweden; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: E42; N13; N14; N23; N24; (follow links to similar papers)

56 pages, May 24, 2009

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Edvinsson, Rodney, (2010), 'Swedish monetary standards in historical perspective' in Edvinsson, Rodney, Tor Jacobson and Daniel Waldenström (eds.) Historical Monetary and Financial Statistics for Sweden: Exchange rates, prices and wages 1277–2008, chapter 2, pages 26-66, Sveriges Riksbank, Ekerlids förlag, ISBN 978-91-7092-124-7.

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