“Big Bang” Versus Gradualism in Economic Reforms : An Intertemporal Analysis with an Application to China

Author/Editor:

Andrew Feltenstein ; Saleh M. Nsouli

Publication Date:

August 1, 2001

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper reviews briefly the controversy in the literature concerning the speed of adjustment and sequencing of reforms, and presents a model parameterized with Chinese data. The model is used to generate different policy simulations to illustrate some of the key issues in the debate on the speed and sequencing of reforms, and not to provide a basis for policy recommendations for China. The simulations highlight the importance of the criteria being used for determining speed and sequencing. The paper also underscores the limitations involved in attempting to derive conclusions from the model, given the complexity of the issues.

Series:

Working Paper No. 01/98

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

August 1, 2001

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451852141/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA0982001

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

40

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