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The Morning After: Explaining The Slowdown In Japanese Growth In The 1990s

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  • Bayoumi, Tamim

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This paper uses a VAR to investigate four possible explanations of the extended slump in Japanese economic activity over the 1990s: the absence of bold and consistent fiscal stimulus; the limited room for expansionary monetary policy due to a liquidity trap; overinvestment and debt overhang; and disruption of financial intermediation. The results indicate that all of these factors played a role, but that the major explanation is disruption in financial intermediation, largely operating through the impact of changes in domestic asset prices on bank lending.

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Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 2436.

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Date of creation: Apr 2000
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Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:2436

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Keywords: Economic Slump; Financial Intermediation;

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