Principles of Macroeconomics (Mind...

7th Edition
N. Gregory Mankiw
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9781285165912



Principles of Macroeconomics (Mind...

7th Edition
N. Gregory Mankiw
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9781285165912
Chapter 16, Problem 1QR
Textbook Problem

What distinguishes money from other assets in the economy?

To determine
What distinguishes money from other assets.

Explanation of Solution

Money is anything which is accepted as payment to the goods and services from a market. It acts as a medium of exchange, store of value,  unit of account, and so forth. Any commodity that is being accepted by an economy for this purpose is considered as money. It is usually metal coins and paper currencies.

The assets are anything that can be tangible or intangible which can be owned and controlled in order to produce value. The companies hold these to produce a positive value in the economy. The buildings, machineries and the capital are the main assets of an economy.

Thus, it can be easily concluded that both money and assets are valuables and both have some value. However, the main difference between the money and assets is in the case of liquidity. Liquidity is the easiness in buying and selling of the assets in the market without many changes in the price. In this regard, money is the most liquid one than the other assets. All other assets widely vary in their liquidity rate and this is the main case that distinguishes money from all other assets.

Economics Concept Introduction

Concept introduction:

Money: Money is any item that is accepted as payment for the goods and services provided by an economy.

Assets: Assets are any tangible or intangible items in an economy that can be owned and controlled and 6are used for producing value.

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