Classical Theory of Inflation

By: EconomyWatch   Date: 13 October 2010

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Classical Theory of Inflation says that money is the asset which is utilized by people to purchase goods and services on a regular basis. Money is the mode of exchange in every economy at the present day. Inflation occurs in an economy when the overall price level increases and the demand of goods and services increases.

There is another aspect of inflation which is coined as hyperinflation. Hyperinflation is another form of inflation which occurs when the price rates increase extraordinarily. The price rates reach an all time high like exceeding 50% per month when an economy is grasped by the phenomenon of hyperinflation. A good instance of such an inflation occurred in 1920 in Germany when their economy shot up to an extraordinary height. Germany experienced a hyperinflation during that period.

Determinant of Theory of Inflation
The classical theory of inflation owes its genesis to certain factors. Inflation is determined by the quantity theory of money. This theory which is contained in the classical theory of inflation is employed to explain the most important and long run determinants of inflation rate and price level. Inflation is a phenomenon which takes the whole economy into its grasp. It spreads across the whole of the economy. It is such a phenomenon which impacts the whole of the economy and is concerned about the value of the mode of exchange in an economy that is, it concerns itself with money. With the rise in the supply of money the price rate rises and the value of money falls that is devaluation of money takes place.

The supply of money is controlled by the FED through a policy of open market. Open market is a powerful tool of controlling the supply of money. The demand of money actually depends on a lot of factors. These factors include interest rates, average level of prices in the economy. Every economy endeavors to reach an equilibrium where the demand and supply of the money becomes equal.

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