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Can Debt Relief Boost Growth in Poor Countries?

by Benedict Clements Rina Bhattacharya Toan Quoc Nguyen

The Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative, launched in 1999 by the IMF and the World Bank, was the first coordinated effort by the international financial community to reduce the foreign debt of the world's poorest countries. It was based on the theory that economic growth in heavily indebted poor countries was being stifled by heavy debt burdens, making it virtually impossible for these countries to escape poverty. However, most of the empirical research on the effects of debt on growth has lumped together a diverse group of countries, and the literature on the countries' impact of debt on poor is scant. This pamphlet presents the findings of the authors' empirical research into the subject, analyzing the channels through which debt affects growth in low-income countries.

Constraints on Growth in the MENA Region

by Rina Bhattacharya Hirut Wolde

A report from the International Monetary Fund.

Constraints on Trade in the MENA Region

by Rina Bhattacharya Hirut Wolde

A report from the International Monetary Fund.

Exchange Rate Regime Considerations for Jordan and Lebanon

by Rina Bhattacharya

A report from the International Monetary Fund.

External Sector Reform and Public Enterprise Restructuring

by Rina Bhattacharya

A report from the International Monetary Fund.

Monetary Union Among Member Countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council

by John Wilson Rina Bhattacharya Andrea Schaechter Van Can Thai Bright Okogu

The six member countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)--Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates--have made important progress toward economic and financial integration, with the aim of establishing an economic and monetary union. This paper provides a detailed analysis of the economic performance and policies of the GCC countries during 1990-2002. Drawing on the lessons from the experience of selected currency and monetary unions in Africa, Europe, and the Caribbean, it assesses the potential costs and benefits of a common currency for GCC countries and also reviews the options for implementing a monetary union among these countries.

Oil and Growth in the Republic of Congo

by Rina Bhattacharya Dhaneshwar Ghura

A report from the International Monetary Fund.

Private Sector Consumption Behavior and Non-Keynesian Effects of Fiscal Policy

by Rina Bhattacharya

A report from the International Monetary Fund.

Rebuilding Fiscal Institutions in Postconflict Countries

by Sanjeev Gupta Shamsuddin Tareq Benedict Clements Rina Bhattacharya Todd Mattina Alex Segura-Ubiergo

The IMF's assistance to postconflict countries consists of 3 main elements: (i) technical assistance to rebuild capacity in key economic institutions; (ii) policy advice; (iii) financial and technical assistance in mobilizing donor support. The objective is to lay the basis for sustainable growth through institutional development and by addressing macroeconomic imbalances. This paper was prepared for a seminar of the IMF Executive Board. It discusses experiences in reestablishing fiscal management in those countries; reviews the challenges in rebuilding fiscal institutions based on experiences in 14 postconflict countries; and identifies key priorities in the fiscal area following the cessation of hostilities

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