Lost Decade in Translation: Did the US Learn from Japan's Post-Bubble Mistakes?
In 1991, the Japanese economy ended a historic expansion and entered a period of stagnation that has yet to abate. Nine years later, the US economy ended a similarly historic expansion. There were many similarities in the two countries' expansions: asset price bubbles, a real investment boom, easy monetary policy, and improvements in government finances. In the wake of bursting bubbles, the Japanese banking system was insolvent and monetary policy was too tight, problems not evident in the US post-bubble period. But the US has worse fiscal and current account imbalances than Japan had at the same stage in the post-bubble era.
- As the U.S. boom turned to bust, the monetary policy pursued by the Federal Reserve was far more aggressive than that followed by its...
Patrick, Hugh, Takatoshi Ito and David Weinstein (eds.) Reviving Japan’s Economy: Problems and Prescriptions. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2005.