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Lessons for China from Financial Liberalization in Scandinavia

Hongyi Chen, Lars Jonung () and Olaf Unteroberdoerster
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Hongyi Chen: Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research
Olaf Unteroberdoerster: International Monetary Fund, Washington DC

No 262009, Working Papers from Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research

Abstract: This report identifies a set of policy lessons for China today drawn from the experience of financial deregulation, financial crisis and recovery in Scandinavia during the period 1985-2000. Although there are considerable differences between the huge Chinese economy and the small Nordic countries, there are enough similarities to make lesson-drawing a worthwhile exercise. Based on the Scandinavian experience and the added complexity of China¡¦s status as a transition economy, financial reforms should strike a proper balance between being gradual (to avoid costly mistakes) and substantive (to secure efficiency gains in the longer term) with due consideration being given to initial conditions concerning regulation, taxes and exchange rate arrangements. A well managed process of financial deregulation requires that policy-makers and market participants fully understand the interlinkages between financial reforms and the rest of the economy. In addition, the supervisory and management systems in the financial sector should move in step with the liberalization process.

Keywords: Financial Liberalization; Financial Crisis; Transition; Financial Regulation; Banking; Boom-Bust; China; Scandinavia; the Nordics (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E52 E58 F31 F32 G01 G21 G28 G32 P52 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 53 pages
Date: 2009-07
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