The European Physical Journal Special Topics

, Volume 225, Issue 17–18, pp 3313–3335 | Cite as

Monetary economics from econophysics perspective

  • Victor M. Yakovenko
Regular Article
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  1. Discussion and Debate: Can Economics be a Physical Science?


This is an invited article for the Discussion and Debate special issue of The European Physical Journal Special Topics on the subject “Can Economics be a Physical Science?” The first part of the paper traces the personal path of the author from theoretical physics to economics. It briefly summarizes applications of statistical physics to monetary transactions in an ensemble of economic agents. It shows how a highly unequal probability distribution of money emerges due to irreversible increase of entropy in the system. The second part examines deep conceptual and controversial issues and fallacies in monetary economics from econophysics perspective. These issues include the nature of money, conservation (or not) of money, distinctions between money vs. wealth and money vs. debt, creation of money by the state and debt by the banks, the origins of monetary crises and capitalist profit. Presentation uses plain language understandable to laypeople and may be of interest to both specialists and general public.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhysicsCMTC and JQI, University of MarylandMarylandUSA

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