Deflation: Current and Historical Perspectives

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This volume explores some key themes regarding deflation, including: (i) how economic agents and policy makers have responded to deflation; (ii) the links between monetary policy, goods price movements, and asset price movements; (iii) the impact of deflation under different monetary policy and exchange rate regimes; and (iv) stock market reactions to deflation.
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"...editors Burdekin and Siklos, both economists, provide an overview, define deflation, offer reasons why it is a policy concern, and describe past and recent deflationary events." E.L. Whalen, formerly, Clark College, CHOICE

"it is a welcome addition to the literature for those interseted in monetary economics or those wanting an enhanced historical perpective on recent policy debates." - Kris James Mitchener, Santa Clara University

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Table of Contents

1 Fears of deflation and the role of monetary policy : some lessons and an overview 1
2 Deflation, silent runs, and bank holidays in the great contraction 31
3 Price change, financial stability, and the British economy, 1870-1939 61
4 Deflation dynamics in Sweden : perceptions, expectations, and adjustment during the deflations of 1921-1923 and 1931-1933 91
5 Boom-busts in asset prices, economic instability, and monetary policy 131
6 Deflation, credit, and asset prices 166
7 Is deflation depressing? : evidence from the classical gold standard 191
8 The strong lira policy and deflation in Italy's interwar period 218
9 Deflation and stagnation in Japan : collapse of the monetary transmission mechanism and echo from the 1930s 241
10 Deflation, the financial crises of the 1890s, and stock exchange responses in London, New York, Paris, and Berlin 271
11 The stock market and the business cycle in periods of deflation, (hyper-) inflation, and political turmoil : Germany, 1913-1926 298
12 Deflationary pressures and the role of gold stocks : 1929, 1987, and today 318
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