Finance and Convergence : What’s Ahead for Emerging Europe?

Author/Editor:

Philip Schellekens ; Rudolfs Bems

Publication Date:

November 12, 2007

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper singles out the key short-term risks and medium-term challenges related to finance and convergence in emerging Europe. With the help of a general equilibrium theoretical framework, the paper identifies pragmatic directions for policymakers. While the "speed limits" to capital inflows may be hard to determine, the costs of breaking them are likely substantial. To ensure "safe driving," policymakers ought to build buffers and reduce vulnerabilities. Equally important, yet often overlooked, is the need to prepare for "the curve ahead"-the reversal of external current account imbalances. To avoid painful adjustments, flexible factor markets and strong financial systems will be more important than ever.

Series:

Working Paper No. 07/244

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

November 12, 2007

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451868074/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2007244

Format:

Paper

Pages:

41

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