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Lessons for China from Financial Liberalization in Scandinavia

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  • Hongyi Chen

    (Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research 55/F, Two International Finance Centre 8 Finance Street Central, Hong Kong)

  • Lars Jonung

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    (Knut Wicksell Centre for Financial Studies Lund University Box 7080 220 07 Lund, Sweden)

  • Olaf Unteroberdoerster

    (International Monetary Fund 700 19th Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20431, United States)

This report identifies a set of policy lessons for China today drawn from the experience of financial deregulation, financial crisis, and recovery in Scandinavia during the period 1985–2000. Although there are considerable differences between the huge Chinese economy and the small Nordic countries, there are enough similarities to make lesson-drawing a worthwhile exercise. Based on the Scandinavian experience and the added complexity of China's status as a transition economy, financial reforms should strike a proper balance between being gradual (to avoid costly mistakes) and substantive (to secure efficiency gains in the longer term) with due consideration being given to initial conditions concerning regulation, taxes, and exchange rate arrangements. A well-managed process of financial deregulation requires that policymakers and market participants fully understand the linkages between financial reforms and the rest of the economy. In addition, the supervisory and management systems in the financial sector should move in step with the liberalization process. © 2014 The Earth Institute at Columbia University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Article provided by MIT Press in its journal Asian Economic Papers.

Volume (Year): 13 (2014)
Issue (Month): 1 (February)
Pages: 1-44

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