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Informality and Monetary Policy in Japan: The Political Economy of Bank Performance

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Overview

The success as well as the recent misfortunes of the post-war Japanese economy has been one of the most debated points in economics. Many explanations focus on cultural and institutional factors, and in particular the role of "Informality" in networks organizing business activity and government policy. This book provides the first quantitative and qualitative assessment of Informality in the formation of Japanese monetary policy. The author spent two years at the Institute for Monetary and Economic Studies at the Bank of Japan and the Japanese Ministry of Finance and offers a unique "insider-outsider" perspective.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521039444
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/18/2007
  • Pages: 420
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
Acknowledgements
1 Introduction 1
Pt. I Theory 9
2 The political economy and economic system of Japan: A survey of literature, conflict and confusion 11
3 Informal aspects of Japanese economic policy 33
4 Informality and monetary policy: an operational framework 77
Pt. II The institutions and their policies 89
5 Informality, monetary authorities and monetary policy: the pre-1998 reform regime 91
6 Informality, banking crisis and financial reform: 1998 and beyond 165
Pt. III Empirical evidence 253
7 Amakudari in the private banking industry: an empirical investigation 255
8 Amakudari and the performance of Japanese banks 297
9 Conclusion: Informality, monetary policy and bank performance - lessons from the Japanese experience 331
Bibliography 359
Index 392
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