Japan's Lost Decade

Japan's Lost Decade : Origins, Consequences and Prospects for Recovery

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This volume explores the origins of Japan's current economic crisis and assesses the country's prospects for recovery. * An exploration of the origins and consequences of Japan's current economic crisis. * Examines the collapse of the equity and real estate market bubbles in the late 1980s. * Analyses the failure of Japanese monetary and fiscal policies to reverse the ensuing economic decline. * Evaluates unorthodox options available to policy makers that might enable Japan to recover from its 'lost decade'. * Suggests that Japan's prospects for economic recovery are still uncertain.

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  • Paperback | 136 pages
  • 176 x 250 x 16mm | 299.37g
  • 12 Mar 2004
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Blackwell Publishing Ltd
  • Oxford
  • English
  • 1405119179
  • 9781405119177
  • 1,454,259

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Gary R. Saxonhouse is Professor of Economics at the University of Michigan. He is the author of numerous journal articles on topics ranging from the structure and operation of the Japanese economy to English, Japanese and Indian economic history. He has co--authored or co--edited five books, most recently Finance, Governance and Competitiveness in Japan (2000). Robert M. Stern is Professor of Economics and Public Policy (Emeritus) at the University of Michigan. He has published numerous papers on a wide variety of topics, including international commodity problems, export--led growth, and services liberalization. His most recent books include Japan's Economic Recovery (2003) and Issues and Options for U.S.--Japan Trade Policies (2002).

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After decades of growth, Japan now faces an economic crisis. This volume examines the origins of Japan's current economic difficulties, particularly the collapse of the equity and real estate market bubbles in the late 1980s. It looks at the link between these price shocks, the downturn in economic growth and the onset of deflation, and analyses the failure of Japanese monetary and fiscal policies to reverse the decline. Various policy options are explored, but the volume concludes that the prospects for Japan's economic recovery are still uncertain because of the lack of political will to adopt the measures necessary for overcoming the 'lost decade'.

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