The IMF Approach to Economic Stabilization

Author/Editor:

Miguel A Savastano ; Michael Mussa

Publication Date:

July 1, 1999

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper explains the IMF approach to economic stabilization. It argues that a Fund-supported program is a process, comprising six broadly defined phases, that evolves along a multiplicity of potential pathways. The paper discusses the three-pronged approach to stabilization at the core of all IMF-supported programs, stresses the iterative character of “financial programming,” and explains the rationale for setting quantitative performance criteria for fiscal and monetary policy in IMF-supported arrangements. A main theme is that IMF-supported programs contain a great deal of flexibility to respond both to differences in circumstances and to changes in conditions in individual cases.

Series:

Working Paper No. 99/104

Subject:

Frequency:

Irregular

English

Publication Date:

July 1, 1999

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451852745/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA1041999

Format:

Paper

Pages:

42

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