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14. Macroeconomics of Digitalization—Evolving Issues and Perspectives

Authors : Sakshi Awasthy, Sarat Dhal

Published in: India’s Contemporary Macroeconomic Themes

Publisher: Springer Nature Singapore

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Abstract

Despite the rapid pace at which digitalization has permeated various sectors of the economy, the assessment of its macroeconomic implications remains scarce in extant literature. This exploratory article provides a generalized perspective on the impact of ongoing digitalization on key economic indicators related to productivity and economic growth, inflation dynamics, financial markets, and currency demand. Deriving insights from contemporary literature in the field, we posit that the unprecedented advancements in technology can contest various postulates of conventional macroeconomic theory, thereby warranting agile policymaking to recalibrate the economy for the new digital order. This synoptic piece aims to encourage theoretical and empirical research works on the evolving issues of digitalization from the context of developing and emerging market economies.

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Footnotes
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It can be shown that \(m=\frac{1+c}{c+r}\), where m, ‘c’ and ‘r’ denote money multiplier, currency–deposit ratio and reserves-to-deposit ratio, respectively. Thus, for given ‘r’, money multiplier will be inversely related to currency–deposit ratio: \(\frac{\partial m}{\partial c}=-\frac{1-r}{{\left(c+r\right)}^{2}}.\)
 
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ACI Worldwide, Real Time Payments, Global Data, 2023.
 
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Metadata
Title
Macroeconomics of Digitalization—Evolving Issues and Perspectives
Authors
Sakshi Awasthy
Sarat Dhal
Copyright Year
2023
Publisher
Springer Nature Singapore
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-99-5728-6_14