Dedollarization in Liberia-Lessons From Cross-Country Experience

Author/Editor:

Jeta Menkulasi ; Jules Leichter ; Lodewyk Erasmus

Publication Date:

March 1, 2009

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Summary:

Liberia's experience with a dual currency regime, with the U.S. dollar enjoying legal tender status, dates to its founding as a sovereign country in 1847. Following the end of the most recent episode of civil war in late-2003, the new government has expressed interest in strengthening the role of the Liberian dollar. Liberia, however, is heavily dollarized, with the U.S. dollar estimated to account for about 90 percent of money supply. Cross-country experience suggests that dollarization does not preclude monetary policy from achieving its primary objective of price stability, and that successful and lasting dedollarization may be difficult to achieve.

Series:

Working Paper No. 09/37

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

March 1, 2009

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451871852/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2009037

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

23

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