The zero-interest-rate and the role of the exchange rate for monetary policy in Japan

  • In this paper we study the role of the exchange rate in conducting monetary policy in an economy with near-zero nominal interest rates as experienced in Japan since the mid-1990s. Our analysis is based on an estimated model of Japan, the United States and the euro area with rational expectations and nominal rigidities. First, we provide a quantitative analysis of the impact of the zero bound on the effectiveness of interest rate policy in Japan in terms of stabilizing output and inflation. Then we evaluate three concrete proposals that focus on depreciation of the currency as a way to ameliorate the effect of the zero bound and evade a potential liquidity trap. Finally, we investigate the international consequences of these proposals.

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Author:Günter Coenen, Volker WielandORCiDGND
Parent Title (English):Center for Financial Studies (Frankfurt am Main): CFS working paper series ; No. 2003,09
Series (Serial Number):CFS working paper series (2003, 09)
Place of publication:Frankfurt am Main
Document Type:Working Paper
Year of Completion:2003
Year of first Publication:2003
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2005/06/13
Tag:exchange rates; liquidity trap; monetary policy rules; nominal rigidities; rational expectations; zero interest rate bound
GND Keyword:Japan; Geldpolitik; Wechselkurspolitik; Währungspolitik; Rentenmarkt; Zins; Liquiditätspräferenztheorie; Rationale Erwartung; Transmissionsmechanismus
Issue:Version March 2003
Page Number:44
Institutes:Wissenschaftliche Zentren und koordinierte Programme / Center for Financial Studies (CFS)
Dewey Decimal Classification:3 Sozialwissenschaften / 33 Wirtschaft / 330 Wirtschaft
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht