Soft Budget Constraints, Firm Commitments and the Social Safety Net

Author/Editor:

International Monetary Fund

Publication Date:

October 1, 1991

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Summary:

It is shown that the inefficiencies created by the “soft” budget constraint, enjoyed by enterprises in Eastern Europe and elsewhere, will continue so long as governments are unable credibly to threaten not to bail out loss-makers. Commitment to a “hard” budget constraint can best be achieved by the institution of a suitable social safety net. The burden on the social safety net can be reduced by the (endogenous) development of financial markets.

Series:

Working Paper No. 91/98

Subject:

Notes:

Also published in Staff Papers, Vol. 39, No. 2, June 1992.

English

Publication Date:

October 1, 1991

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451949094/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA0981991

Format:

Paper

Pages:

26

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