Japan’s Massive Return On Public Investment

  • It’s argued that Japan didn’t get a return of all its deficit spending in the decades after its epic financial bubbles burst. This could not be further from the truth.
  • Despite the epic size of these bubbles and the world’s worst demographics, Japan’s economy kept on growing on par with other rich economies.
  • It never experienced anything remotely like a depression or come anywhere close to double-digit unemployment.
  • And it’s really not all that difficult to see why. When the private sector is deleveraging, the public sector should leverage up.
  • Monetary policy is much less effective, but the BoJ was forced into QE by an impending debt-deflationary spiral.

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