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The IMF and the Ruble Area, 1991-93

Author/Editor: Odling-Smee, J. C. | Pastor, Gonzalo C.
Authorized for Distribution: August 1, 2001
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Summary: This paper summarizes the IMF advice on the ruble area as it was presented to the national authorities in Russia, the Baltic countries, and other states of the former Soviet Union in 1991-93. In the course of doing so, the paper corrects some misperceptions that have arisen about the IMF's role. The evidence presented in the paper suggests that (i) the balance of arguments on the ruble area (and national currencies) changed over time, and hence so did the IMF's advice, and (ii) from the beginning, the IMF staff concentrated on pointing out the pros and cons of alternative monetary arrangements, without strongly advocating a particular one, emphasizing that it was the authorities' decision to stay in or leave the ruble area. Fund advice on how to introduce national currencies was made readily available to the various national authorities as early as January 1992.
 
Series: Working Paper No. 01/101
Subject(s): Monetary policy | Russian ruble | Currencies
Author's keyword(s): Monetary Policy | Ruble Area | National Currencies
 
English  
    Published:   August 1, 2001        
    ISBN/ISSN:   1934-7073   Format:   Paper
    Stock No:   WPIEA1012001   Pages:   50
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