Estimating Demand for IMF Financing by Low-Income Countries in Response to Shocks

Author/Editor:

Yasemin Bal-Gunduz

Publication Date:

December 1, 2009

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper estimates factors affecting demand for Fund financing by Low-Income Countries (LICs) in response to policy and exogenous shocks. Various economic variables including reserve coverage, current account balance to GDP, real GDP growth, macroeconomic stability, and terms of trade shocks are found to be significant determinants of Fund financing. Moreover, global conditions, including changes in real oil and non-oil commodity prices and world trade, are also significant. Therefore, the demand for Fund financing by LICs is likely to be cyclical in response to common shocks with its intensity depending on the severity and persistence of adverse shocks.

Series:

Working Paper No. 09/263

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

December 1, 2009

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451874082/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2009263

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

55

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