A Non-Definitive Guide to the IMF
AbstractThe recent book by James R. Vreeland, The International Monetary Fund: Politics of Conditional Lending, is meant to provide â€œa definitive guide to the organizationâ€. This review article argues that it falls well short of this ambitious aim. It is already somewhat dated. It is almost entirely about IMF lending, largely neglecting surveillance, arguably the Fundâ€™s most important activity. And although it provides a useful survey of the literature, its critique of IMF lending is based on interpretations of the empirical evidence and arguments of some IMF critics many of which are questionable. The book also suffers from various confusions and misunderstandings. It is therefore an unreliable guide to the organization.
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Volume (Year): 8 (2007)
Issue (Month): 2 (April)
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- Axel Dreher & Silvia Marchesi & James Raymond Vreeland, 2007.
"The Politics of IMF Forecasts,"
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2129, CESifo Group Munich.
- Axel Dreher & Silvia Marchesi & James Raymond Vreeland, 2007. "The Politics of IMF Forecasts," KOF Working papers 07-176, KOF Swiss Economic Institute, ETH Zurich.
- Axel Dreher & Silvia Marchesi & James Raymond Vreeland, 2007. "The Politics of IMF Forecasts," Working Papers 124, University of Milano-Bicocca, Department of Economics, revised Oct 2007.
- Axel Dreher & Silvia Marchesi & James Vreeland, 2008. "The political economy of IMF forecasts," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 137(1), pages 145-171, October.
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