Is demurrage and inflation the same? If both are at 1% a day and today I have $100, tomorrow: - Under demurrage I'll have $99 - Under inflation I'll have $100, but that $100 will be worth only 99 of yesterday's dollars.

Either way, I end up with $99 in wealth.

So is there a difference between demurrage and inflation in their effect (end result)? Or is there a flaw with my thinking?

EDIT I'm not looking for an answer constrained to the example in my question. I'm interested in the question of inflation vs demurrage from the macroeconomic perspective. What would our economy be like if our money had demurrage instead of inflation?

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Yes, there's a difference. If you've borrowed $100, then under inflation your salary will (presumably) increase, and tomorrow your debt will only be worth $99. But under demurrage, you'll still owe $100.

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