Think Tank 20: The G-20 and Central Banks in the New World of Unconventional Monetary Policy

Five years after the first meeting of G-20 leaders, and decisive action by the central banks and treasuries of the world’s major economies that prevented the financial crisis of 2008-2009 from turning into a 1930’s style world-wide depression, the world economy still remains fragile. The original fiscal stimulus agreed upon in the April 3rd 2009 second leader’s level G-20 London meeting has been withdrawn in the U.S. and Europe after 2011, not through a coordinated decision of the G-20, but in response to fears of rising public debt and a political process in which these fears came to dominate the debate. In China too, fiscal policy became less expansive, after the mega-stimulus of 2009, although a mini-stimulus has been declared for the summer of 2013 to counter a greater than expected output slowdown.

g20 coverMonetary policy, however, remained extraordinarily expansionary in the U.S., the U.K., Japan and the eurozone. The balance sheets of the Federal Reserve (Fed), the Bank of England (BoE), the Bank of Japan (BoJ) and the European Central Bank (ECB) expanded by $2 trillion, £310 billion, ¥50 trillion, and €1.5 trillion, respectively between December 2007 and December 2012. The Fed’s, the BoE’s, the BoJ’s and the ECB’s balance sheets were as big as 6 percent, 7 percent, 21 percent and 15 percent of their GDP in 2007, whereas in 2012, their balance sheets represented 19 percent, 27 percent, 33 percent and 32 percent of their 2012 GDP levels, respectively. Repeated rounds of quantitative easing no doubt helped the U.S. economy recover, and the actions of the ECB prevented the crisis in the eurozone periphery to spin entirely out of control. 

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The G-20 and Central Banks in the New World of Unconventional Monetary Policy

Kemal Derviş

Vice President, Global Economy and Development, The Brookings Institution; Former Executive Head of the United Nations Development Program; Former Secretary of Treasury and Economy Minister, The Republic of Turkey; Advisor, Istanbul Policy Center

Homi Kharas

Senior Fellow and Deputy Director, Global Economy and Development, The Brookings Institution;Former Chief Economist, East Asia, The World Bank

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Argentina’s Debt: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Miguel Kiguel
Former Under Secretary of Finance and Chief Advisor to the Minister of the Economy, Argentina; Former President, Banco Hipotecario; Director, Econviews; Professor, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella

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How Should the World View Japan’s New Economic Policy Strategy? 
Peter Drysdale
Emeritus Professor of Economics, Crawford School of Economics and Government, The Australian National University; Head of the East Asian Bureau of Economic Research;
Co-editor, East Asia Forum

Ippei Fujiwara
Associate Professor, Crawford School of Public Policy, The Australian National University

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The World under the New G-4 (and the Rest of Us)
Claudio R. Frischtak
President, Inter.B Consulting and Country Director, International Growth Center

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Handcuff Central Banks, Save The Global Market 
Qiao Yu
Professor, School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University

Xue Lan
Professor and Dean, School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University

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The ECB’s OMT Programme and German Constitutional Concerns
Guntram B. Wolff
Director, Bruegel

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Uncomfortable Exits: A Tale of Two Lenders of Last Resort 
Jacques Mistral
Nonresident Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution; Special Advisor, Institut Français des Relations Internationales; Former Economic Advisor to the French Prime Minister

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The World Economy According to an Excess Savings Country 
Daniel Gros
Director, Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), Brussels

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Need for Thought Diversity to Combat Group-Think in Central Banking 
Rakesh Mohan
Executive Director, International Monetary Fund; former Professor, Yale University; Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of India

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Poor Politics That Destabilized the Good Economy 
Maria Monica Wihardja
Part-time lecturer, University of Indonesia; former researcher, Centre for Strategic and International Studies, Jakarta

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The Rise of Unemployment in the Eurozone: the Worst of the Crisis is Not Over
Paolo Guerrieri
Professor of Economics, University of Rome Sapienza; Professor, College of Europe, Bruges

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Overcoming Deflation and Moving Forward
Yoshio Okubo
Vice-Chairman, Japan Securities Dealers Association (JSDA)

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Global Imbalances, Financial Crisis and Economic Recovery
Wonhyuk Lim
Director and Vice President, Department of Competition Policy, Korea Development Institute (KDI)

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QE Exit and the Emerging Market Challenge
Guillermo Ortiz
Chairman, Grupo Financiero Banorte; Former Governor, Bank of Mexico; Former Secretary of Finance and Public Credit, Mexico; Former Chairman of the Board of the Bank for International Settlements

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Reinvigorating Growth Potential: Priorities for the Central Bank of Russia
Marina Larionova
Professor and Head of International Organizations Research Institute, Higher School of Economics, National Research University

Andrey Shelepov
Researcher, Global Governance Research Center, International Organizations Research Institute, Higher School of Economics,
National Research University

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The Political Economy of Monetary Policy in South Africa: Real Economy Outcomes
Haroon Bhorat
Professor, Development Policy Research Unit, School of Economics, University of Cape Town

Alan Hirsch
Professor and Director, Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice, University of Cape Town

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Unconventional Monetary Policy and Its Reflections on the Global Economy
Galip Kemal Ozhan
Research Associate, The Brookings Institution

Izak Atiyas
Professor, Sabanci University

E. Fuat Keyman
Professor and Director, Istanbul Policy Center, Sabanci University

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Coordinating the Next Move: Monetary Policy in the Post-crisis World
Paola Subacchi
Research Director, International Economics, Chatham House, London

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Unconventional Monetary Policy: Moving Toward the Exit in the U.S.

Donald Kohn

Former Vice Chairman of Federal Reserve Board of Governors; Senior Fellow, Economic Studies

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