“Moonlights, Sunspots and Frontier
Finance: On the Nexus between
Money, Credit and Urban Form”
David Bieri
Political Space...
Motivation
• Representation of economy as system of circular flows is
influenced by historical evolution of social imagina...
The economy as system of circular flows

Source: Denis (1904)
The economy as system of circular flows

Source: Studenski (1958)
The economy as system of circular flows

Source: Wagemann (1932)
The economy as system of circular flows

Source: Föhl (1937)
The economy as system of circular flows
Sources: LSE (1951), Punch (1954)
The economy as system of circular flows

Source: Kircher (1962)
The economy as system of circular flows

Source: Copeland (1952)
The economy as system of circular flows

Source: Harvey (1985)
Key hypothesis
1. The evolution of urban spatial structure is the result of the
historical urbanization of capital (“Moonl...
Findings
Research proposes a historicized reading of Detroit/Michigan
as
• Stereotype of land-capital dynamics: Detroit’s ...
The spatial non-neutrality of money
Source: Pozsar et al. (2013)
“Moonlights” – Circuit of production

Sources: Whipple (1889); City of Detroit (1945)
“Moonlights” – Circuit of production

Sources: Chen and Nordhaus (2011), authors’ calculations
“Sunspots” – Circuit of capital

Sources: Jevons (1884); Wagemann (1932); Diamond and Dybvig (1983); Kiyotaki and Moore (1...
“Sunspots” – Circuit of capital
“Frontier Finance”
• The rearticulating land-capital nexus is instrumental to Michigan’s
history of urban and financial de...
Instability hypothesis redux
Financial Instability Hypothesis

Overaccumulation Hypothesis

H. P. Minsky (1919-1996)

H. L...
REFERENCES
Adrian, Tobias, and Hyun Song Shin. 2010. “The Changing Nature of Financial Intermediation and the Financial Cr...
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  1. 1. “Moonlights, Sunspots and Frontier Finance: On the Nexus between Money, Credit and Urban Form” David Bieri Political Space Economy Lab, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan “Money and the City” – Outline of a research agenda January 2014
  2. 2. Motivation • Representation of economy as system of circular flows is influenced by historical evolution of social imaginary. • Common dichotomy across different economic paradigms: – “Real sector”: Production and consumption – “Monetary sector”: Money, credit and banking • Nature of relationship between main sectors as key distinction between schools of economic thought. • Spatial consequences generally not considered.
  3. 3. The economy as system of circular flows Source: Denis (1904)
  4. 4. The economy as system of circular flows Source: Studenski (1958)
  5. 5. The economy as system of circular flows Source: Wagemann (1932)
  6. 6. The economy as system of circular flows Source: Föhl (1937)
  7. 7. The economy as system of circular flows Sources: LSE (1951), Punch (1954)
  8. 8. The economy as system of circular flows Source: Kircher (1962)
  9. 9. The economy as system of circular flows Source: Copeland (1952)
  10. 10. The economy as system of circular flows Source: Harvey (1985)
  11. 11. Key hypothesis 1. The evolution of urban spatial structure is the result of the historical urbanization of capital (“Moonlights”) and recurring financial crises (“Sunspots”), alternatingly emanating from the real sector or the financial sector. 2. These interrelated processes govern new financial regulation and government intervention, leading to financial innovation, opening up new financial frontiers (“Frontier Finance”). 3. In turn, this creates alternative avenues for the (sub)urbanization of capital, giving rise to new dynamics for the evolution of urban form.
  12. 12. Findings Research proposes a historicized reading of Detroit/Michigan as • Stereotype of land-capital dynamics: Detroit’s rise and fall are largely driven by successive waves of overaccumulation and speculative real estate development. • Prototype of financial instability: Institutional origins of financial instability and banking-led crises in Michigan begin in 1830s (Free Banking). Detroit is at the epicenter of 1933 banking crisis; municipal bankruptcy precedent in 2013. • Archetype of frontier finance; As the financial frontier moves across time and space, different “zones of exclusion” emerge (mortgage speculation, large scale vacancies, financial illiteracy, underbanked sections of the population).
  13. 13. The spatial non-neutrality of money Source: Pozsar et al. (2013)
  14. 14. “Moonlights” – Circuit of production Sources: Whipple (1889); City of Detroit (1945)
  15. 15. “Moonlights” – Circuit of production Sources: Chen and Nordhaus (2011), authors’ calculations
  16. 16. “Sunspots” – Circuit of capital Sources: Jevons (1884); Wagemann (1932); Diamond and Dybvig (1983); Kiyotaki and Moore (1997)
  17. 17. “Sunspots” – Circuit of capital
  18. 18. “Frontier Finance” • The rearticulating land-capital nexus is instrumental to Michigan’s history of urban and financial development • Three interrelated themes emerge: – Co-movement of capital flows and changes in the urban functional hierarchy – Socio-spatial evolution of the frontier concept – Michigan’s “money men” and Detroit’s “cathedrals of finance”
  19. 19. Instability hypothesis redux Financial Instability Hypothesis Overaccumulation Hypothesis H. P. Minsky (1919-1996) H. Lefebvre (1901-1991) Price Level Instability Hypothesis A. J. Schwartz (1915-2012)
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