James Laurenceson & Ceara Hui, School of Economics Discussion Paper No. 427 May 2010, School of Economics, The University of Queensland. Australia.


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The Global Financial Crisis served to refocus attention on the potential for monetary policy to exert an impact on asset prices. In turn, asset price fluctuations were shown to exert a powerful impact on the real economy. In this paper we consider these linkages in the case of China. Using SVAR modelling techniques, our results indicate that a monetary policy shock has a significant impact on asset prices, particularly share prices, and notably more so than on general goods and services prices. However, a shock to asset prices has little impact on the real economy. Policy implications are discussed.