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Table of Contents

1 Secular Price Change in Historical Perspective 3
2 Seven Centuries of the Prices of Consumables, compared with Builders' Wage-Rates 30
3 Some International Evidence on the Quantity Theory of Money 49
4 Inflation: A Survey 63
5 Inflation: Theory and Evidence 132
6 The Monetary Dynamics of Hyperinflation 185
7 Speculative Hyperinflations in Maximizing Models: Can We Rule Them Out? 278
8 Some Unpleasant Monetarist Arithmetic 291
9 Towards an Understanding of the Costs of Inflation: II 311
10 The Welfare Cost of Inflation in a Cash-in-Advance Economy with Costly Credit 348
11 The Optimal Inflation Path in a Sidrauski-Type Model with Uncertainty 367
12 Zero Inflation as a Long-Term Target for Monetary Policy 391
13 The Ends of Four Big Inflations 433
14 Japan's Monetary Policy Over the Past 10 Years 490
15 Some Lessons from the Great Inflations 499
16 A Positive Theory of Monetary Policy in a Natural Rate Model 525
17 Monetary Policy and Policy Credibility: Theories and Evidence 547
18 Openness and Inflation: Theory and Evidence 592
19 The Case for Central Bank Independence 627
Name Index 651
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