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Who killed the Japanese money multiplier? A micro-data analysis of banks


  • Etsuro Shioji


This paper investigates causes of the recent sharp decline in the money multiplier in Japan from the bank side. Two candidates for the cause are examined: the first is the worsening of the banks’ financial soundness, and the second is the zero interest rate policy. Using panel data of banks’ balance sheets, it is shown that both can contribute to a decline in the responsiveness of loans to a base money expansion. Quantitatively, the low interest rate is the more important among the two

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  • Etsuro Shioji, 2004. "Who killed the Japanese money multiplier? A micro-data analysis of banks," Econometric Society 2004 Far Eastern Meetings 632, Econometric Society.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecm:feam04:632

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    money multiplier; panel data; banking; bad loans; zero interest rate;

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    • E51 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Money Supply; Credit; Money Multipliers
    • E44 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy

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