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External Debt and Economic Reform: Does a Pain Reliever Delay the Necessary Treatment?

Author/Editor: Vamvakidis, Athanasios
Authorized for Distribution: March 1, 2007
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Summary: Recent literature argues that conflict in shifting adjustment costs between different socioeconomic groups delays necessary reforms and finds that such reforms often follow economic crises. This paper expands these models by including external borrowing by the private sector and shows that this may lead to a further delay in economic reform. Empirical evidence based on a large panel of developing and emerging economies supports this argument and shows that the result is slower economic growth. External financing sometimes acts like a "pain reliever," postponing the much needed "treatment" of a "sick" economy by reform.
 
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Series: Working Paper No. 07/50
Subject(s): External debt | Economic reforms | Economic growth
Author's keyword(s): External debt | economic reform | economic growth
 
English  
    Published:   March 1, 2007        
    ISBN/ISSN:   1934-7073   Format:   Paper
    Stock No:   WPIEA2007050   Pages:   27
    Price:   US$18.00 (Academic Rate: US$18.00 )
       
     
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