Central Banking and Monetary Policy in the Asia-Pacific


Central Banking and Monetary Policy in the Asia-Pacific

9781847203724 Edward Elgar Publishing
Akhand Akhtar Hossain, Associate Professor of Economics, The University of Newcastle, Australia
Publication Date: December 2009 ISBN: 978 1 84720 372 4 Extent: 368 pp
This timely book reviews the modern literature on inflation and monetary policy, and highlights contemporary issues in the design and conduct of monetary policy for price stability in developing Asia.

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This timely book reviews the modern literature on inflation and monetary policy, and highlights contemporary issues in the design and conduct of monetary policy for price stability in developing Asia.

Akhand Akhtar Hossain surveys the evolution of central banking and provides an introduction to the structure, function and governance of central banks in selected countries in the Asia-Pacific. The author also examines the major theories, models and approaches to inflation and monetary policy, and evaluates monetary policy regimes in selected countries in the Asia-Pacific in a historical context.

This eloquent and comprehensible book will prove to be invaluable to undergraduate students on monetary theory and policy as well as banking and financial courses. Researchers exploring monetary policy concepts, principles and case studies will warmly welcome this book, as will policy-makers who have an interest in macroeconomics, monetary and financial policies.
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‘The strength of this book is that it summarises a vast amount of the modern literature in monetary economics. . . the book provides detailed and clear descriptions of monetary models. . . This comprehensive volume is a useful compendium of the monetary economics literature of the second half of the 20th century, which has to a certain extent been over taken by events.’
– Paul Wachtel, Asian-Pacific Economic Literature

‘This well-researched and finely crafted book is a valuable addition to the literature on monetary policy in developing countries. It explains the concepts and tools of monetary policy in a simple manner and discusses how monetary policy works in developing Asia in a historical context within the framework of an outward-oriented development strategy. I am not aware of any other book that covers the organisational and institutional aspects of major central banks in developing Asia.’
– Prema-chandra Athukorala, Australian National University

‘This book elaborates the key concepts, principles and models of inflation and monetary policy and explains how they remain relevant and useful to the design and conduct of monetary policy in developing Asia. In this rapidly growing region, price stability remains important and therefore monetary policy has gained increasing importance. Even while emphasising the importance of the classical approach, the book discusses alternative frameworks and points out areas where a consensus is emerging. The review of the literature is extensive and careful. Along with developing this theme, the book reviews the structure and governance of most central banks in the Asia-Pacific and discusses how they conduct monetary policy to achieve price stability under different monetary policy frameworks. The book fills a gap in the central banking and monetary policy literature and has no close competitors. It should be useful to both students and policymakers in developing Asia.’
– Salim Rashid, University of Illinois, US

‘The 1997 East Asia crisis exposed many economic policy weaknesses in the Asia-Pacific region. In his latest book, Dr Hossain provides students with a refreshing up-to-date reference text on the concepts and principles of money, banking and finance in developing countries which differ in many ways to monetary institutions and practices in developed countries, which conventional monetary textbooks focus on. I thoroughly recommend it.’
– A.P. Thirlwall, University of Kent, UK
Contents: Preface 1. Introduction 2. Monetary and Fiscal Policies for Macroeconomic Stability: An Asian Perspective 3. Central Banking in the Asia-Pacific: An Overview 4. Monetary Policy: Overview of Concepts, Debates and Issues 5. Inflation and Monetary Policy: Theories, Models and Approaches 6. Choice of the Strategy of Monetary Policy for Price Stability 7. The Money Supply Process and Monetary Management 8. Transmission Mechanisms of Monetary Policy and the Demand for Money 9. Inflation and Monetary Policy in Selected Countries of the Asia-Pacific 10. Summary and Conclusion Bibliography Index
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