Tues., Mar. 19, 2024: Staff Seminar “Japan and the Classical Gold Standard, 1897-1914: Did She Follow the Rules of the Game?” (online) [finished]

We regularly hold Staff Seminars for research presentations and information exchanges among AGI Researchers.

*This seminar will be online and free of charge.

*Please refer to the following for details.

Date and Time

Tuesday, March 19, 2024 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
*A question-and-answer session is scheduled at the end of the presentation.


Dr. Shinji TAKAGI, Distinguished Professor, AGI; and Former Assistant Director, Independent Evaluation Office, International Monetary Fund (IMF)


Japan and the Classical Gold Standard, 1897-1914: Did She Follow the Rules of the Game?


This paper explores Japanese monetary policy under the classical gold standard (1897–1914), especially the question of whether the Bank of Japan followed the rules of the game. After reviewing the distinguishing features of Japan’s gold standard, the paper shows that the Bank of Japan initially used fiduciary issues to offset movements in monetary gold so as to keep the supply of currency relatively stable but, from around 1909, it mostly used fiduciary issues to accommodate changes in the public’s demand for currency. The Bank of Japan, moreover, tended to raise (cut) the discount rate when monetary gold was decreasing (increasing), although the negative relationship between the two may have weakened somewhat after around 1911. We conclude that, during most of the period of the classical gold standard, Japan followed the rules of the game, challenging the conventional view on the working of the classical gold standard.


English presentation and material(s)

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Registration Deadline

Monday, March 18 at 12:00 pm


Staff Seminar on March 19 [in PDF format]

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