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In the 1990s two Federal Reserve officials Robert E. Keleher and Manuel H. "Manley" Johnson came close to starting a Market Monetarist revolution. Johnson and Keleher pioneered what they termed a “Market Price Approach to Monetary Policy”. This approach is essentially Market Monetarism. I have in earlier posts highlighted their book on the subject from 1996, but they also wrote a number of papers during the 1990s that explained their approach.
Obviously anybody interested in monetary theory and monetary history should read Milton Friedman's and Anna Schwartz's great book "A Monetary History of the United States, 1867-1960", but you could also have a look at the youtube version of the story.
The Market Monetarist school has emerged in the blogosphere as a clear competitor to mainstream Keynesians as well as to the Austrian school thinking. However, Market Monetarists have really not been very clear about their intellectual heritage.
The euro crisis continues, but the issues are not new. Already back in 2001 two of the most influential monetary economists ever debated the euro issue – and the question of fixed versus floating exchange rates. Milton Friedman represented the euro sceptic view, while Robert Mundell represented the pro euro view.
Fellow Market Montarist Bill Woolsey has an interesting proposal. He suggests that the Federal Reserve should adopt a policy of targeting "growth rates of nominal GDP from Reagan's 1983 and 1984 recovery from the recession of 1982". Bill can hardly be said to be an inflationist as he is in fact is in favour of a long-term target of 3% yearly NGDP growth in the US (that would likely lead to 0-1% inflation over the longer run), but he nonetheless favours returning US NGDP to the pre-crisis trend through more aggressive easing in a transitory period.
For readers who are unfamiliar with Market Monetarism I have a number of pieces of research that I would recommend, but everybody should start out by reading Robert Hetzel’s excellent and truly thought provoking paper “Monetary Policy in the 2008--2009 Recession”
Scott Sumner in an answer to me on his blog explains the difference between "old-style" monetarism and Market Monetarism: