Impacts of Monetary, Fiscal and Exchange Rate Policies on Output in China: A VAR Approach

Hsing Yu, Hsieh Wen-Jen

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Abstract

Applying the VAR model and using the interest rate as a monetary policy variable, we find that in the long run, output in China responds negatively to a shock to the interest rate, the real exchange rate, government debt, or the inflation rate, and it reacts positively to a shock to government deficits or lagged own output. When real M2 is chosen as a monetary policy variable, long-term output in China responds positively to a shock to real M2 or lagged own output, and it reacts negatively to a shock to the real exchange rate, government debt, or government deficits. Its response to a shock to the inflation rate is negative when government debt is used and is positive when government deficits are considered. In the short run, fiscal policy is more important than monetary policy in three out of four cases. In the long run, monetary policy is more influential than fiscal policy in three out of four cases. Therefore, the government may consider conducting monetary and fiscal policies differently in the short run and long run. The government needs to be cautious in pursuing deficit spending as its long-term impacts depend on the monetary variable employed. The policy of maintaining a relatively stable exchange rate is appropriate as the depreciation of the Yuan may hurt the economy in the short run.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-139
Number of pages15
JournalEconomics of Planning
Volume37
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Dec 1

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Exchange rate policy
Fiscal
Monetary policy
Government deficits
Government debt
Short-run
Interest rates
Government
Inflation rate
Real exchange rate
Fiscal policy
Exchange rates
Depreciation
Monetary and fiscal policy
VAR model

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In: Economics of Planning, Vol. 37, No. 2, 01.12.2004, p. 125-139.

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