Does IMF Financing Result in Moral Hazard?

Author/Editor:

Steven T Phillips ; Timothy D. Lane

Publication Date:

October 1, 2000

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

The view that the IMF’s financial support gives rise to moral hazard has become increasingly prominent in policy discussions, particularly following the 1995 Mexican crisis. This paper seeks to clarify a number of conceptual issues and bring some basic empirical evidence to bear on this hypothesis. While some element of moral hazard is a logical consequence of the IMF’s financial support, such moral hazard is difficult to detect in market reactions to various IMF policy announcements and there is no evidence that such moral hazard has recently been on the rise.

Series:

Working Paper No. 00/168

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

October 1, 2000

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451858259/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA1682000

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

39

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