The Georgian Hyperinflation and Stabilization

Author/Editor:

Jian-Ye Wang

Publication Date:

May 1, 1999

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper anlayzes the Georgian hyperinflation of 1993-94, which featured endogenous fiscal expenditures and the money supply, depreciation, and currency substitution. Hyperinflation was stopped by removing generalized consumer subsidies and tightening of monetary policy, and not by a sudden rush of credibility or imposition of an exchange rate anchor. A de facto exchange rate anchor served ex post as a vehicle for building credibility, which ensured a dramatic reversal of currency substitution when the currency reform was implemented. The paper also discusses the relatively rapid output recovery in Georgia.

Series:

Working Paper No. 99/65

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

May 1, 1999

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451848663/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA0651999

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

34

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