The 1990s in Japan: A Lost Decade
Fumio Hayashi and
Review of Economic Dynamics, 2002, vol. 5, issue 1, pages 206-235
This paper examines the Japanese economy in the 1990s, a decade of economic stagnation. We find that the problem is not a breakdown of the financial system, as corporations large and small were able to find financing for investments. There is no evidence of profitabkle investment opportunities not being exploited due to lack of access to capital markets. The problem then and still today is a low productivity growth rate. Growth theory, treating TFP as exogenous, accounts well for the Japanese lost decade of growth. We think that research effort should be focused on what policy change will allow productivity to again grow rapidly. (Copyright: Elsevier)
Keywords: growth model; TFP; Japan; workweek. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E2 E13 O4 O5 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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