Abenomics: From Macroeconomic to Structural Reform


November 6, 2013, 12:00 AM EST
Peterson Institute for International Economics, Washington, DC

Event Summary

The Peterson Institute and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation–USA held a high-level conference on the dramatic changes under way in Japanese economic policy. Jerald Schiff, deputy director of the Asia-Pacific Department at the International Monetary Fund, and Adam S. Posen, PIIE president, opened with a discussion of how Prime Minister Shinzo Abe can shift from fiscal to structural reform priorities. Acting Deputy US Trade Representative Wendy Cutler, Yorizumi Watanabe of Keio University, and Jeffrey J. Schott of the Peterson Institute, discussed how the Abenomics' trade agenda and Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) may advance Japanese productivity. Norihiko Ishiguro, Vice-Minister for International Affairs at Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), delivered a keynote address on the government's agenda.

Event Materials

Agenda [PDF]

IMF Country Report No. 13/253: Japan: 2013 Article IV Consultatiom [PDF | 1.95 MB]]
August 2013

IMF Working Paper 13/202: The Path to Higher Growth: Does Revamping Japan's Dual Labor Market Matter? [PDF]
Giovanni Ganelli and Chie Aoyagi
October 2013

IMF Working Paper 12/248: Can Women Save Japan? [PDF | 1.54 MB]
Chad Steinberg and Masato Nakane
October 2012

Powerpoint presentations

Panel 1: From Fiscal to Structural Reform
Jerald Schiff [PDF] | Takashi Imamura [PDF]

Panel 2: From Trade to International Integration
Yorizumi Watanabe [PDF]

Keynote presentation: Norihiko Ishiguro [PDF]