Conference On the Causes and Consequences of Structural ReformsFebruary 28–29, 2008
The conference, sponsored by the IMF's Research Department, aims to provide a forum for discussing theoretical and empirical research on the causes and consequences of structural reforms—especially in terms of their effect on growth, macroeconomic stability, and resilience to shocks. The aim is to cover structural reforms very broadly, to include reforms of domestic financial sectors, labor markets, product markets, trade and capital accounts, and the public sector. The papers should shed light on aspects of how such reforms operate in practice, how they interact with each other as well as with macroeconomic policies and political institutions. The organizers envisage that the papers would cover experience across all segments of the IMF's membership, including industrial, emerging market, and low-income countries. The conference aims to advance our understanding of these issues, especially in relation to the following topics:
- New datasets for measuring financial, labor, product, trade, and public sector reforms
- Determinants of structural reforms (including domestic political conditions, international linkages, exogenous shocks, and economic crises).
- Impact of structural reforms on economic growth and welfare
- Timing and sequencing of structural reforms, and the consequences thereof
- Interactions between structural reforms and macroeconomic policies
- Structural reforms and political institutions
Papers that do not fit into these categories but are related to the main theme of the conference are also welcome.
Submission of Papers
Interested authors should submit either a draft of the paper or a detailed abstract by January 15, 2008 to RESReformConf@imf.org. The final versions of the papers selected for the conference are due by February 15, 2008.
The conference is open to the public; registration is required.
To register for the conference, please send an e-mail to RESReformConf@imf.org.
The deadline for public registration is Friday, February 15, 2008.
Registered attendees will be required to present photo identification on entering the IMF at the Visitor Center entrance at 720 19th street, N.W., Washington DC (through the white tent).
Only IMF/World Bank staff should enter through the main 700 19th street entrance.
Inquiries about the conference may be directed to RESReformConf@imf.org or (202) 623-7601.
Travel (economy class) and accommodation expenses of paper presenters and discussants will be covered.