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Opening Japan's Financial Markets

Opening Japan's Financial Markets

Author: Jr., J. Robert Brown Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/03/2020

This book, first published in 1994, takes a broad look at the reasons behind the failure of foreign banks to penetrate Japanese financial markets. It accepts the common argument that the Japanese bureaucracy has skilfully limited the scope of foreign banks and discusses at length the methods used to do so. However, in examining the history of foreign banking activity in Japan, it becomes clear that ineptitude on the part of the foreign banks and governments has also been a major factor.

Japanese Investment in Manchurian Manufacturing, Mining, Transportation, and Communications, 1931-1945

Japanese Investment in Manchurian Manufacturing, Mining, Transportation, and Communications, 1931-1945

Author: Ann Rasmussen Kinney Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/03/2020

This book, first published in 1982, closely examines the Japanese investment in the industries of its puppet state Manchuria in the years 1930 to 1945. Attention is paid to industrial capital by source and type, facilitating the analysis of the relationship between the different investment components on one hand, and economic and institutional factors on the other. The course of inflation is also traced and its relationship to industrial investment studied. The Manchurian experience throws light on the volume of capital available through inflationary processes, the point up to which inflationary financing can successfully be carried, and the institutional factors necessary to make such a policy effective in increasing real investment.

First Responders Inside the U.S. Strategy for Fighting the 2007-2009 Global Financial Crisis

First Responders Inside the U.S. Strategy for Fighting the 2007-2009 Global Financial Crisis

Author: Ben S. Bernanke Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/03/2020

An insider's view of the U.S. government's response to the 2007-2009 global financial crisis, as recounted by the people who made the key decisions In 2008, the world's financial system stood on the brink of disaster. The United States faced an unprecedented crisis when the investment bank Lehman Brothers collapsed, setting off a global panic. Faced with the prospect of a new Great Depression, the Treasury Department, the Federal Reserve, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and other agencies took extraordinary measures to contain the damage and steady the financial system and the economy. Edited by three of the policymakers who led the government's response to the crisis, with chapters written by the teams tasked with finding policy solutions, this book provides a comprehensive accounting of the internal debates and controversies surrounding the measures that were taken to stabilize the financial system and the economy. Offering previously untold insight into the key choices (including rejected options) and a frank evaluation of successes and failures, this volume is both an important historical document and an indispensable guide for confronting future financial calamities.

Stewards of the Market How the Federal Reserve Made Sense of the Financial Crisis

Stewards of the Market How the Federal Reserve Made Sense of the Financial Crisis

Author: Mitchel Y. Abolafia Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/03/2020

A fast-paced, behind-closed-doors account of the Federal Reserve's decision making during the 2008-2009 financial crisis, showing how Fed policymakers overcame their own assumptions to contain the disaster. The financial crisis of 2008 led to the collapse or near-collapse of almost every global financial institution and thrust the US economy into the deepest recession since the Great Depression. The Federal Reserve was the agency most responsible for maintaining the nation's economic stability. And the Fed's Open Market Committee was a twelve-member body at the epicenter, making sense of the unfolding crisis and fashioning a response. This is the story of how they failed, learned, and staved off catastrophe. Drawing on verbatim transcripts of the committee's closed-door meetings, Mitchel Abolafia puts readers in the room with the Federal Reserve's senior policymaking group. Abolafia uncovers what the Fed's policymakers knew before, during, and after the collapse. He explores how their biases and intellectual commitments both helped and hindered as they made sense of the emergency. In an original contribution to the sociology of finance, Stewards of the Market examines the social and cultural factors that shaped the Fed's response, one marked by missed cues and analytic failures but also by successful improvisations and innovations. Ideas, traditions, and power all played their roles in the Fed's handling of the crisis. In particular, Abolafia demonstrates that the Fed's adherence to conflicting theories of self-correcting markets contributed to the committee's doubts and decisions. A vivid portrait of the world's most powerful central bank in a moment of high stakes, Stewards of the Market is rich with insights for the next financial downturn.

The Origins of the Consumer Revolution in England From Brass Pots to Clocks

The Origins of the Consumer Revolution in England From Brass Pots to Clocks

Author: Joanne Sear, Ken Sneath Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/03/2020

The Origins of the Consumer Revolution in England explores the rise of consumerism from the end of the medieval period through to the beginning of the nineteenth century. The book takes a detailed look at when the 'consumer revolution' began, tracing its evolution from the years following the Black Death through to the nineteenth century. In doing so, it also considers which social classes were included, and how different areas of the country were affected at different times, examining the significant role that location played in the development of consumption. This new study is based upon the largest database of English probate records yet assembled, which has been used in conjunction with a range of other sources to offer a broad and detailed chronological approach. Filling in the gaps within previous research, it examines changing patterns in relation to food and drink, clothing, household furnishings, and religion, focusing on the goods themselves to illuminate items in common ownership, rather than those owned only by the elite. Using a combination of qualitative and quantitative evidence to explore the development of consumption, The Origins of the Consumer Revolution in England will be of great use to scholars and students of late medieval and early modern economic and social history, with an interest in the development of consumerism in England.

The Origins of the Consumer Revolution in England From Brass Pots to Clocks

The Origins of the Consumer Revolution in England From Brass Pots to Clocks

Author: Joanne Sear, Ken Sneath Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/03/2020

The Origins of the Consumer Revolution in England explores the rise of consumerism from the end of the medieval period through to the beginning of the nineteenth century. The book takes a detailed look at when the 'consumer revolution' began, tracing its evolution from the years following the Black Death through to the nineteenth century. In doing so, it also considers which social classes were included, and how different areas of the country were affected at different times, examining the significant role that location played in the development of consumption. This new study is based upon the largest database of English probate records yet assembled, which has been used in conjunction with a range of other sources to offer a broad and detailed chronological approach. Filling in the gaps within previous research, it examines changing patterns in relation to food and drink, clothing, household furnishings, and religion, focusing on the goods themselves to illuminate items in common ownership, rather than those owned only by the elite. Using a combination of qualitative and quantitative evidence to explore the development of consumption, The Origins of the Consumer Revolution in England will be of great use to scholars and students of late medieval and early modern economic and social history, with an interest in the development of consumerism in England.

The Japanese Economy

The Japanese Economy

Author: Hiroaki Richard (University of Sheffield) Watanabe Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/02/2020

The Japanese economy was once considered a miracle . Although still the world's third largest economy, it continues to feel the effects of the collapse of a massive asset price bubble in the early 1990s. In recent years further setbacks, including both the Asian and global financial crises, and the 2011 Fukushima earthquake, have only added to the economy's difficulties and made its prospects under Abenomics at best mixed. Hiroaki Richard Watanabe examines the ups and downs of Japan's postwar economic history to offer an up-to-date and authoritative guide to the workings of Japan's economy. He highlights the country's distinct modes of business network and Japan's state-market relationship. He explores the characteristic institutional complementarity that exists among different sectors and business practices and gives particular attention to human factors, such as labour market dualism (inequality between regular and non-regular workers), gender discrimination and migration not to mention the disturbing phenomenon of karoshi (death by overwork). Although often associated in Western minds with futuristic automated efficiency Watanabe shows that Japan's economy retains many inefficient practices that do not comply with global standards and which exhibit a longer history of economic nationalism and the legacy of a developmental state. The book provides readers with a concise survey of Japan's recent economic history, its characteristic features and the challenges it continues to face, from economic stagnation to an ageing population. It also reflects on what Japan's experience suggests for its own future and its regional and global economic integration.

The Japanese Economy

The Japanese Economy

Author: Hiroaki Richard (University of Sheffield) Watanabe Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/02/2020

The Japanese economy was once considered a miracle . Although still the world's third largest economy, it continues to feel the effects of the collapse of a massive asset price bubble in the early 1990s. In recent years further setbacks, including both the Asian and global financial crises, and the 2011 Fukushima earthquake, have only added to the economy's difficulties and made its prospects under Abenomics at best mixed. Hiroaki Richard Watanabe examines the ups and downs of Japan's postwar economic history to offer an up-to-date and authoritative guide to the workings of Japan's economy. He highlights the country's distinct modes of business network and Japan's state-market relationship. He explores the characteristic institutional complementarity that exists among different sectors and business practices and gives particular attention to human factors, such as labour market dualism (inequality between regular and non-regular workers), gender discrimination and migration not to mention the disturbing phenomenon of karoshi (death by overwork). Although often associated in Western minds with futuristic automated efficiency Watanabe shows that Japan's economy retains many inefficient practices that do not comply with global standards and which exhibit a longer history of economic nationalism and the legacy of a developmental state. The book provides readers with a concise survey of Japan's recent economic history, its characteristic features and the challenges it continues to face, from economic stagnation to an ageing population. It also reflects on what Japan's experience suggests for its own future and its regional and global economic integration.

Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology Including a Symposium on Public Finance in the History of Economic Thought

Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology Including a Symposium on Public Finance in the History of Economic Thought

Author: Luca Fiorito Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/02/2020

Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology Volume 38A features a symposium on public finance in the history of economic thought co-edited by guest editors Claire Silvant and Javier San Julian Arrupe, as well as general-research essays from Cosma Orsi and John Henry, and a heartfelt obituary by Mattheus Assaf of his friend, Gabriel Oliva, winner of RHETM's first Warren Samuels Prize for Interdisciplinary Research in the History of Economic Thought and Methodology. Including chapters on British public debt in the 19th century, French financial controversies in the mid-1800s, and a thoughtful reflection on the USA's New Deal, this volume is a global exploration of public finance history. For any researcher or student interested in the history of economics, this is an essential read containing the most up-to-date research.

The Japanese Economy

The Japanese Economy

The second edition of a comprehensive account of all the major aspects of the Japanese economy, substantially updated and expanded. This textbook offers a comprehensive, rigorous but accessible account of all the major aspects of the Japanese economy, grounding its approach in mainstream economics. The second edition has been extensively revised and substantially updated, with new material that covers Japan's period of economic stagnation between 1991 and 2010. The first edition, published in 1992, focused on Japan as a success story of catch-up economic development; this edition reflects the lessons learned from Japan's Lost Two Decades. After presenting the historical background, the book begins with macroeconomics, studying growth and business cycles. It then covers essential policy issues, with new material that takes into account the Japanese banking crisis of 1997-1998 and the global financial crisis of 2008-2009, discussing financial regulation, monetary policy, and fiscal policy. It goes on to examine saving, demography, and social security in light of Japan's ongoing demographic transition; industrial organization; labor markets; international trade and international finance; and the Japan-U.S. relationship. A new chapter offers a detailed analysis of the Lost Two Decades, synthesizing and applying concepts discussed in previous chapters and offering insights into such issues as successful catch-up growth, demographic shifts, and credit booms and busts.

George Stigler Enigmatic Price Theorist of the Twentieth Century

George Stigler Enigmatic Price Theorist of the Twentieth Century

Author: Craig Freedman Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/02/2020

George Stigler (1911-1991) was unquestionably one of the post-war giants of the economics profession. Along with such compatriots as Milton Friedman, Aaron Director, Gary Becker and others at Chicago, he would manage to radically reshape the contours of the discipline, engineering a virtual counter-revolution against the previous post-war consensus. Stigler essentially pioneered the fields of industrial organisation and regulatory economics while contributing landmark studies to the history of economic thought. George Stigler was awarded a much-deserved Nobel Prize in 1982. At heart always a shy boy from the provinces, defending himself and his beliefs against the demands of a more wicked and devious world, he remained one of the only truly inscrutable figures in the history of modern economics. A kind, deeply caring family man, he fended off those outside his inner circle by employing a razor sharp, and often cruel, wit, keeping friends, colleagues and especially enemies at an arm's distance. ... [there was] the student who came to George complaining that he didn't deserve the 'F' he'd received in George's course. George agreed but explained that 'F' was the lowest grade the administration allowed him to give. Many who had the fortune, or misfortune, of coming within the range of his sharp tongue, even in the seeming context of an innocent encounter, would bear the scars of that contact for years to come. With a paper like this, [delivering it] under the table, would not be inappropriate. This volume is then one of the first to shed light on an entirely enigmatic figure by approaching both the man and his work from very divergent and original perspectives. Whether it succeeds is up to the whims of the reader. Or as George Stigler was wont to say, Let the chips fall where they may.

The Crafts and Capitalism Handloom Weaving Industry in Colonial India

The Crafts and Capitalism Handloom Weaving Industry in Colonial India

Author: Tirthankar (London School of Economics and Political Science, UK) Roy Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/02/2020

This book presents a comprehensive history of handloom weaving industry in India to challenge and revise the view that competition from machine-produced textiles destroyed the country's handicrafts as claimed by historians until recently. It shows that skill-intensive handmade textiles survived the competition on a large scale, and that handmade goods and high-quality manual labour played a positive role in the making of modern India. Rich in archival material, The Crafts and Capitalism explores themes such as the historiography of craft technologies; statistical work on nineteenth-century cotton cloth production trends; narratives of merchants, the social leaders, the factory-owners; tools and techniques; and, shift from handloom to power loom. The book argues that changes in the handloom industry were central to the consolidation of new forms of capitalism in India. An important intervention in Indian economic history, this book will be useful to scholars and researchers of Indian history, economic history, colonial history, modern history, political history, labour history and political economy. It will also interest nongovernmental organizations, textile historians, and design specialists.