Karl Brunner and Monetarism

Karl Brunner and Monetarism

Edited by Thomas Moser and Marcel Savioz

Foreword by Thomas J. Jordan

Economists consider the legacy of Karl Brunner's monetarism and its influence on current debates over monetary policy.





Economists consider the legacy of Karl Brunner's monetarism and its influence on current debates over monetary policy.

Monetarism emerged in the 1950s and 1960s as a school of economic thought that questioned certain tenets of Keynesianism. Emphasizing the monetary nature of inflation and the responsibility of central banks for price stability, monetarism held sway in the inflation-plagued 1970s, but saw its influence begin to decline in the 1980s. Although Milton Friedman is the economist most closely associated with the development of monetarism, it was Karl Brunner (1916–1989) who introduced the term into the current vocabulary of economics and shaped its meaning. In this volume, leading economists—many of them Brunner's friends and former colleagues—consider the influence of Brunner's monetarism on current debates over monetary policy.

Some contributors were participants in debates between Keynesians and monetarists; others analyze specific aspects of monetarism as theorized by Brunner and his close collaborator Allan Meltzer, or address its influence on US and European monetary policy. Others take the opportunity to examine Brunner-Meltzer monetarism through the lens of contemporary macroeconomics and monetary models. The book grows out of a symposium that marked the 100th anniversary of Brunner's birth.


Ernst Baltensperger, Michael D. Bordo, Pierrick Clerc, Alex Cukierman, Michel De Vroey, James Forder, Benjamin M. Friedman, Kevin D. Hoover, Thomas J. Jordan, David Laidler, Allan H. Meltzer, Thomas Moser, Edward Nelson, Juan Pablo Nicolini, Charles I. Plosser, Kenneth Rogoff, Marcel Savioz, Jürgen von Hagen, Stephen Williamson


$50.00 X ISBN: 9780262046916 504 pp. | 6 in x 9 in 53 figures


Thomas Moser

Thomas Moser is Alternate Member of the Governing Board of the Swiss National Bank.

Marcel Savioz

Marcel Savioz is former Head of Research Coordination and Economic Education at the Swiss National Bank.


Thomas J. Jordan.


  • “This magnificent volume pays fitting tribute to Karl Brunner's enormous intellectual legacy. Written by economists who knew Brunner well, it surveys Brunner's many contributions, explains how he approached his work, and shows how his unique brand of monetarism helped end stagflation in the United States and United Kingdom.”

    Peter Ireland

    Professor of Economics, Boston College; member of the Shadow Open Market Committee

  • “In this wide-ranging book, Karl Brunner and Monetarism, we learn why the ideas of this most influential monetarist—the first to use the term in a 1968 lecture—continue to resonate today. In beautiful essays, his long-term collaborator Allan Meltzer along with friends and collaborators Charlie Plosser, Ken Rogoff, and many others apply these ideas, draw lessons, and make current and future policy better. Yes, to borrow from the introduction by Thomas Moser and Marcel Savioz, Brunner still matters.”

    John B. Taylor

    Mary and Robert Raymond Professor of Economics, Stanford University; George P. Schultz Fellow in Economics, Hoover Institution