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Stockholm Seminar (Webinar) on Japan, 11 May

"What can quantitative easing do for a mature economy? The Japanese experience " with Dr. Richard Nakamura, University of Gothenburg & Dr. Åsa Malmström Rognes, European Institute of Japanese Studies at SSE

Japan was the first major economy to pursue quantitative easing (QE), a very expansive monetary policy where the central bank purchases assets such as government bonds in an effort to reach inflation targets and stimulate growth. After almost 18 years of QE policies, inflation remains well below target and growth has yet to stabilize. A research project at European Institute of Japanese Studies (EIJS) examines other aspects of consequences from QE than inflation and growth, namely the impact on corporate financing broadly with an emphasis on small and medium-sized companies, the functioning of the bond market, as well as QE as a crisis resolution tool. At this seminar Richard Nakamura and Åsa Malmström Rognes will present the project and share preliminary findings.

Dr. Åsa Malmström Rognes is a research fellow at the EIJS at Stockholm school of Economics. Her research interests include financial sector development, financial crises, and the role of financial markets in economic development in particular in Asian economies. She is currently examining financial integration in ASEAN and the researching the effects of quantitative easing as a crisis resolution tool. She received her MSc in Economics from Stockholm School of Economics in 1992 and then spent twenty years working in development and financial services in Sweden and East Asia prior to pursuing a PhD in economic history which she gained in 2016.

Dr. H. Richard Nakamura has since the end of 1990’s conducted research on Japanese economy, business and industry, involving primarily longitudinal studies of mergers and acquisitions (M&As) processes in Japan, where productivity and organizational effects have been analyzed quantitatively and qualitatively. In 2005, he defended his Ph.D. thesis titled “Motives, Partner Selection and Productivity Effects of M&As: The Pattern of Japanese Mergers and Acquisitions” at the Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden. 

Moderator: Dr. Patrik Ström, Director, European Institute of Japanese Studies, Stockholm School of Economics

  • Date and Time: Tuesday, May 11, 15:00-16:00 (CEST)
  • Language: English
  • Location: Zoom (online) 

Registration until May 10, 2021. Register for the seminar here  

The Japan seminar series is jointly organized by the European Institute of Japanese Studies at Stockholm School of Economics, the Asia Programme at The Swedish Institute of International Affairs, the Department of Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies at Stockholm University and the Swedish Defence University. It features monthly seminars on Japanese economy, politics and society. 

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