The Japanese Economy and Economic Policy in Light of the East Asian Financial Crisis
AbstractThe depth and breadth of the East Asian financial crisis has added a sense of acute urgency for some concrete and credible measures by policy-makers to revitalise the Japanese economy. While steps to be taken for the long-run competitiveness and economic revitalisation of the Japanese economy are clear (with the only doubt being about whether and how effectively they will be implemented), those needed to boost aggregate demand in the short run are far less obvious. Given the near-zero nominal interest rates in Japan, most observers argue that an expansionary monetary policy would be ineffective. However, as with Krugman (1998a,b), we argue that once a distinction is made between real and nominal interest rates, it is logically possible for monetary policy to be effective in raising demand if it is able to create inflationary expectations. This could probably be effected through explicit announcements by the Bank of Japan of the intention to target a certain inflation rate in the future. [Working Paper No. 2]
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East Asian; financial crisis; policy-makers; revitalise; Japanese economy; nominal interest rates; expansionary monetary policy; inflationary expectations; inflation rate;
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- Ramkishen S. Rajan, 1998. "The Japanese Economy and Economic Policy in Light of the East Asian Financial Crisis," Macroeconomics Working Papers 22382, East Asian Bureau of Economic Research.
- G01 - Financial Economics - - General - - - Financial Crises
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- NEP-MAC-2010-07-31 (Macroeconomics)
- NEP-SEA-2010-07-31 (South East Asia)
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