From Natural Resource Boom to Sustainable Economic Growth : Lessons for Mongolia

Author/Editor:

Pranav Gupta ; Grace B Li ; Jiangyan Yu

Publication Date:

April 30, 2015

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

Some resource-rich developing countries are in the process of harnessing immense mining resources towards inclusive growth and prosperity. Nevertheless, tapping into natural resources could be challenging given the large front-loaded investment, volatile capital flows and exposure to global commodity markets. Public investment is needed to remove the often-large infrastructure gap and unlock the economic potential. However, too rapid fiscal outlays could push the economy to its limit of absorptive capacity and increase macro-financial vulnerabilities. This paper utilizes a structural model-based approach to analyze macroeconomic impacts of different public investment strategies on key fiscal and non-fiscal variables such as debt, consumption, sovereign wealth fund, and real exchange rates. We apply the model to Mongolia and draw policy recommendations from the analysis. We find that fiscal policy adjustment, particularly moderating infrastructure investment and optimizing investment efficiency is needed to maintain macroeconomic and external stability, as well as to boost the long-term sustainable growth for Mongolia.

Series:

Working Paper No. 15/90

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

April 30, 2015

ISBN/ISSN:

9781475570632/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2015090

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

31

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