Stabilization and Growth in Transition Economies : The Early Experience

Author/Editor:

Carlos A. Végh Gramont ; Ratna Sahay ; Stanley Fischer

Publication Date:

April 1, 1996

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Summary:

This paper analyzes the growth and stabilization experience in 26 transition economies in eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and Mongolia for the period 1989-1994. Inflation rates have declined significantly in most countries following an inflation stabilization program. Growth resumes after stabilization occurs, typically with a lag of about two years. Reducing inflation thus appears to be a precondition for growth. An econometric analysis of the short-run determinants of inflation and growth illustrates the key roles of fixed exchange rates, improved fiscal balances, and structural reforms in spurring growth and lowering inflation, and confirms that inflation stabilization programs have been beneficial for growth even after controlling for structural reforms.

Series:

Working Paper No. 96/31

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

April 1, 1996

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451980042/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA0311996

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

32

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