First published in English in 1935, this Routledge Revival is a reissue of Volume II of Knut Wicksell's Lectures on Political Economy. This volume deals with his contribution to macroeconomics, through an explication of economic theory and principle relating specifically to money, both in terms of functions and value, with a particular emphasis upon currency and credit. This volume also includes Wicksell's work on the quantity theory of money in which he first made the important distinction between the real rate of return on new capital (which he called the "natural rate of interest") and the actual market rate of interest.
Part I: The Conception and Functions of Money 1. The Economic Importance of Money 2. Money as a Measure and Store of Value 3. Money as a Medium of Exchange 4. The Relation Between Money and Credit Part II: Currency 5. The Precious Metals as Currency 6. Currency in Modern Times 7. Swedish Currency History 8. The Technique of Currency 9. Standard Money and Token Money 10. Money from the Legal Point of View Part III: The Velocity and Circulation of Money. Banking and Credit 11. On Velocity and Circulation in General 12. Virtual Velocity of Circulation 13. Forms of Credit 14. Some Historical Notes on the Origin of Banking 15. Modern Banking 16. The "Ideal Bank" and Obstacles to its Realisation Part IV:The Exchange Value of Money 17. What is Understood by the Exchange Value of Money? 18. The Average Level of Prices 19. The Quantity Theory of the Value of Money 20. The Cost of Production Theory 21. Modern Theories 22. The Defects of the Quantity Theory 23. The Influence of Credit on Commodity Prices 24. A Criticism of the Theories of Ricardo and Tooke 25. The Positive Solution 26. Conclusions: The Practical Organisation of Currency.