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The Holy Grail of Macroeconomics: Lessons from Japans Great Recession

by Richard C. Koo

The revised edition of this highly acclaimed work presents crucial lessons from Japan's recession that could aid the US and other economies as they struggle to recover from the current financial crisis.

This...


Policy Analysis and Forecasting in the World Economy: A Panel Unobserved Components Approach (PDF Download)

by Francis Vitek

This paper develops a structural macroeconometric model of the world economy, disaggregated into thirty five national economies. This panel unobserved components model features a monetary transmission mechanism,...


Monetization in Low- And Middle-Income Countries (PDF Download)

by Cameron McLoughlin & Noriaki Kinoshita

The degree of an economy’s monetization, which has an important implication on economic growth, can be affected by the conduct of monetary policy, financial sector reform, and episodes of financial crises....


Fiscal Transparency, Fiscal Performance and Credit Ratings (PDF Download)

by Elif Arbatli & Julio Escolano

This paper investigates the effect of fiscal transparency on market assessments of sovereign risk, as measured by credit ratings. It measures this effect through a direct channel (uncertainty reduction) and...


Government Bonds and Their Investors: What Are the Facts and Do They Matter? (PDF Download)

by Jochen R. Andritzky

This paper introduces a new dataset on the composition of the investor base for government securities in the G20 advanced economies and the euro area. During the last decades, investors from abroad have increased...


Monitoring Systemic Risk Based on Dynamic Thresholds (PDF Download)

by Kasper Lund-Jensen

Successful implementation of macroprudential policy is contingent on the ability to identify and estimate systemic risk in real time. In this paper, systemic risk is defined as the conditional probability of...


Banks' Liability Structure and Mortgage Lending During the Financial Crisis (PDF Download)

by Jihad Dagher & Kazim Kazimov

We examine the impact of banks’ exposure to market liquidity shocks through wholesale funding on their supply of credit during the financial crisis in the United States. We focus on mortgage lending to minimize...


Global and Regional Spillovers to Pacific Island Countries (PDF Download)

by Niamh Sheridan & Patrizia Tumbarello

Regional integration of Pacific Island countries (PICs) with Australia, New Zealand, and emerging Asia has increased over the last two decades. PICs have become more exposed to the region’s business cycles,...


Too Much Finance? (PDF Download)

by Jean-Louis Arcand & Enrico Berkes

This paper examines whether there is a threshold above which financial development no longer has a positive effect on economic growth. We use different empirical approaches to show that there can indeed be "too...


The United States and the Global Economy: From Bretton Woods to the Current Crisis

by Frederick S. Weaver

In The United States and the Global Economy, Frederick S. Weaver gives readers a concise introduction to the patterns of change in international financial and trade regimes since World War II in order to deepen...


What's the Economy For, Anyway?: Why It's Time to Stop Chasing Growth and Start Pursuing Happiness

by John de Graaf & David Batker

Named Best Business Book for Fall 2011 by Publishers Weekly

The question no one ever bothered to ask about the economy: How can we make it work for us, instead of the other way around?


Shiny Objects: Why We Spend Money We Don't Have in Search of Happiness We Can't Buy

by James A. Roberts

Americans toss out 140 million cell phones every year. We discard 2 million plastic bottles every five minutes. And our total credit-card debt as of July 2011 is $793 billion.

Plus, credit cards can make you...


Ascent after Decline

by Otaviano Canuto & Danny M. Leipziger

The Great Recession of 2009-11 was not simply a severe business cycle slowdown or even a combined credit, housing, and asset market collapse. It left permanent scars, especially on the advanced economies. In...


Financial Stability Reports: What Are They Good For?

by Martin Cihák

The global financial crisis has renewed policymakers' interest in improving the policy framework for financial stability, and an open question is to what extent and in what form should financial stability reports...


If Only We Knew What We Know: The Transfer of Internal Knowledge and Best Practi

by Carla O'Dell & C. Jackson Grayson

While companies search the world over to benchmark best practices, vast treasure troves of knowledge and know-how remain hidden right under their noses: in the minds of their own employees, in the often unique...


The Theory of Economic Development: An Inquiry into Profits, Capital, Credit, Interest, and the Business Cycle

by Joseph A. Schumpeter & John E. Elliott

In this classical analysis of capitalist society, Schumpeter argues that economics is a natural self-regulating mechanism when undisturbed by "social and other meddlers." His preface shows that despite...


Jewish Economies (Volume 1): Development and Migration in America and Beyond: The Economic Life of American Jewry

by Simon Kuznets, E. Glen Weyl & Stephanie H. Lo

Nobel Laureate Simon Kuznets, pioneered the quantitative study of the economic history of the Jews. These volumes bring to the public, for the first time, the most important work written on Jewish economic history...


Anthropology, Economics, and Choice

by Michael Chibnik

In the midst of global recession, angry citizens and media pundits often offer simplistic theories about how bad decisions lead to crises. Many economists, however, base their analyses on rational choice theory,...


The Impulse Economy: Understanding Mobile Shoppers and What Makes Them Buy

by Gary Schwartz

We live in a world where our mobile devices have become extensions of ourselves. We depend on them for instant connections to entertainment, social media, news, and deals. The phone has become our ticket, loyalty...


The Dollar Crisis: Causes, Consequences, Cures

by Richard Duncan

In this updated, second edition of the highly acclaimed international best seller, The Dollar Crisis: Causes, Consequences, Cures, Richard Duncan describes the flaws in the international monetary system that...