Construct a scatter plot of M1 against real GDP for the period 1959–2018.
a) Is there a positive or negative correlation in the scatter plot.
b) Is the correlation you observed in part (a) evidence that money is not neutral? Why or why not?
Hint: Neutrality of money is the idea that a change in the stock of money affects only nominal variables in the economy such as prices, wages, and exchange rates, with no effect on real variables, like employment, real GDP, and real consumption.
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