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A Theory of International Crisis Lending and IMF Conditionality

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  • Jeromin Zettelmeyer
  • Jonathan David Ostry
  • Olivier Jeanne

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We present a framework that clarifies the financial role of the IMF, the rationale for conditionality, and the conditions under which IMF-induced moral hazard can arise. In the model, traditional conditionality commits country authorities to undertake crisis resolution efforts, facilitating the return of private capital, and ensuring repayment to the IMF. Nonetheless, moral hazard can arise if there are crisis externalities across countries (contagion) or if country authorities discount crisis costs too much relative to the national social optimum, or both. Moral hazard can be avoided by making IMF lending conditional on crisis prevention efforts-"ex ante" conditionality.

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Date of creation: 01 Oct 2008
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Keywords: International Monetary Fund; Crisis prevention; Fund role; Moral hazard; Spillovers; conditionality; crisis lending; ante conditionality; ex ante conditionality; contagion; crisis resolution; ex post conditionality; pre-crisis; financial crises; conditional lending; crisis countries; debt overhang; financial crisis; prudential regulation; ex ante ? conditionality; macroeconomic policies; crisis country; capital adequacy; banking crises; capital account liberalization; currency crisis; imf supported adjustment programs; adjustment programs; balance of payments crisis; international crisis; international financial crises; capital account crisis; international crisis lending; ante ? conditionality; crisis probability; payments crisis; debt structure;

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