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Japan's Unconventional Monetary Policy and Income Distribution: Revisited

Ayako Saiki and Jon Frost ()

No e126, Working Papers from Tokyo Center for Economic Research

Abstract: This is a revaluation of our study which we published in 2014 (Saiki and Frost, 2014) The study found that Japan's unconventional monetary policy (UMP) had widened income inequality in Japan. Since then, the Bank of Japan (BOJ) has further increased the monetary base and inflation has been low (headline inflation is about 1% as of this writing) but positive. We revisit the relationship between Japan's quantitative and qualitative easing (QQE) and find further evidence for our conjecture. The impact of UMP on income distribution may differ in Japan and other countries for various reasons, including differences in household balance sheets and the flexibility of labor markets.

Pages: 18 pages
Date: 2018-05
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