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Weathering the Asian Crisis: The Role of China

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  • Rod Tyers
  • Yongzheng Yang

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During the Asian crisis, China’s healthy reserves and low debt made possible the avoidance of a ‘country run’. Nonetheless, it did experience a substantial increase in private savings, an associated increase in capital outflow and a slowdown in economic growth. This paper employs a global general equilibrium analysis to examine the relative contributions of external and internal shocks to the Chinese economy during the crisis. The change in private savings, driven by ongoing domestic reforms, appears to have been the dominant force. By coincidence of timing, this shock was also a significant contributor to the international effects of the crisis. Nonetheless, the maintenance since before the crisis of near fixed parity with the US dollar made the combined internal and external shocks more contractionary in China than would have been the case had it been possible to retain a flexible exchange rate regime.

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  • Rod Tyers & Yongzheng Yang, 2000. "Weathering the Asian Crisis: The Role of China," Asia Pacific Economic Papers 308, Australia-Japan Research Centre, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University.
  • Handle: RePEc:csg:ajrcau:308
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    1. Jason Nassios & James A. Giesecke & Peter B. Dixon & Maureen T. Rimmer, 2016. "Superannuation and Macroeconomic Growth and Stability," Centre of Policy Studies/IMPACT Centre Working Papers g-267, Victoria University, Centre of Policy Studies/IMPACT Centre.
    2. Rod Tyers & Iain Bain & Yongxiang Bu, 2008. "China'S Equilibrium Real Exchange Rate: A Counterfactual Analysis," Pacific Economic Review, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 13(1), pages 17-39, February.

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    • O53 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Asia including Middle East

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