The Sound Money Project was founded in January 2009 to conduct research and promote awareness about monetary stability and financial privacy. The project is comprised of leading academics and practitioners in money, banking, and macroeconomics. It offers regular commentary and in-depth analysis on monetary policy, alternative monetary systems, financial markets regulation, cryptocurrencies, and the history of monetary and macroeconomic thought. For the latest on sound money issues, subscribe to our working paper series and follow along on Twitter or Facebook.

Advisory Board: Steve H. Hanke, Jerry L. Jordan, Lawrence H. White
Director: William J. Luther
Senior Fellows: Nicolás Cachanosky, Gerald P. DwyerJoshua R. Hendrickson, Thomas L. Hogan, Gerald P. O’Driscoll, Jr., Alexander W. Salter
Fellows: James L. Caton, J.P. Koning

Real Banking Reform? End the Federal Reserve

– May 5, 2010

“The next major question that needs to be asked is: How do they know? These are the same politicians whose time horizon goes no further than the next election day, and who pander to the special interest groups that provide them with the campaign contri …

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Market Interest Rates Need to Tell the Truth

– May 4, 2010

“In the free market, interest rates perform the same functions as all other prices: to provide information to market participants; to serve as an incentive mechanism for buyers and sellers; and to bring market supply and demand into balance. Market pri …

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The Origins of the Federal Reserve

– May 4, 2010

“Where did this thing called the Fed come from? Murray Rothbard has the answer here — in phenomenal detail that will make your head spin. In one extended essay, one that reads like a detective story, he has put together the most comprehensive and fasc …

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“Gambling with Other People’s Money”

– May 3, 2010

“Beginning in the mid-1990s, home prices in many American cities began a decade-long climb that proved to be an irresistible opportunity for investors. Along the way, a lot of people made a great deal of money. But by the end of the first decade of the …

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The Attack on Sound Money

– May 3, 2010

On April 9, 2010, the Atlas Economic Research Foundation held a Teach Freedom Initiative conference at the Sheraton Society Hill Hotel in Philadelphia. The theme of the conference is “The Attack on Sound Money and Entrepreneurship: Threatening Liberty …

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Lawrence H. White – What Type of Inflation Target?

– May 2, 2010

“For much of monetary history, inflation targeting was unnecessary. There was no need to worry about constraining the central bank’s inflationary proclivities because no central bank existed. The quantity of basic money was constrained by the mints’ co …

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Lawrence H. White – Sound Money and Free Banking

– May 2, 2010

On April 19, 2010, the Atlas Economic Research Foundation and the GMU Economics Society hosted a lecture by Lawrence H. White. Dr. White presented on the subject of sound money, it’s importance and historical origins, and how a free banking system prod …

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Gene Smiley – Rethinking the Great Depression

– May 2, 2010

In this great little book, U.S. economic historian Gene Smiley presents the most recent economic historiography on the Great Depression. He concludes that the crisis was caused by the economic dislocations of World War I along with the attempts by the …

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“A Three-Point Plan to Save the Euro”

– April 30, 2010

“The rescue package requested by Greece will, if endorsed, buy the eurozone six months, perhaps a year at most. By then, the Greek government will have exhausted the aid and be forced to ask for more or to borrow at astronomical rates. This assumes tha …

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“Senate Ends Financial-Bill Standoff”

– April 29, 2010

“Lawmakers ended the three-day standoff holding up action on the financial-overhaul bill, setting up a Senate debate in which both sides will be maneuvering for advantage. The breakthrough came in a bipartisan agreement on a single contentious element …

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What Austrian Economics Can Tell Us about the Crisis

– April 28, 2010

The recent financial crisis has called into question several basic tenets of mainstream macroeconomics. In the words of William White, former chief economist of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), “the prevailing paradigm of macroeconomics al …

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“Greece’s Threat to the Euro”

– April 28, 2010

“All too often in the midst of an economic and financial crisis, policymakers either engage in denial or else take flights into fantasy. Sadly, the present Greek crisis is proving to be no exception. Rather than recognising the Greek crisis for the sol …

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