Basics of Monetary Economics

Money is something which is generally accepted as a medium of exchange.

Students and working professionals who wanted to know about the basics of economics can enroll into this course. The introduction part begins with explaining about the barter system which was prevalent in those days and briefs about the difference between barter system and monetary economics.  Multiple choice questions are added at appropriate places to test your knowledge and real life examples gives the readers an idea of how to implement few concepts practically.

What you’ll learn

  • Barter and evolution of money.
  • Functions and significance of money.
  • Monetary standards.
  • Value of money.
  • Quantity theory of money.
  • Income theory of money.
  • Rate of interest.
  • Demand for money.

Course Content

  • Introduction –> 9 lectures • 1hr 7min.

Basics of Monetary Economics

Requirements

Students and working professionals who wanted to know about the basics of economics can enroll into this course. The introduction part begins with explaining about the barter system which was prevalent in those days and briefs about the difference between barter system and monetary economics.  Multiple choice questions are added at appropriate places to test your knowledge and real life examples gives the readers an idea of how to implement few concepts practically.

Increasing difficulties and inconveniences of the barter system led to the invention of money. As the society developed, the division of labor and specialization increased and, as a result, the volume of production and trade expanded. In such conditions, the barter system of direct exchange between various commodities created difficulties, such as the problem of double coincidence of wants, the problem of a common measure of value, etc. To overcome these difficulties, money was invented.

The origin of money is not known because of the non-availability of recorded information; it is deep-rooted in antiquity. The evolution of money has been a secular process and shall continue to remain so, but the development of money in the present form can be historically traced as it has passed through different stages in accordance with the growth of human civilization.

Money consists of legal tender money and bank money. Money is the perfect liquid asset and can be directly used for making purchases of goods and services. Near-money refers to all those assets which possess many of the characteristics of money, have a high degree of liquidity and can inexpensively be converted into money. Near-money cannot be directly used for making transactions. They must first be converted into money proper before spending.

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