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    The IMF was established in 1944 in part to “give confidence” to member countries by providing short-term credits. Although the intention was that the availability of the Fund’s resources should prevent countries from experiencing financial crises, in practice the institution often has found itself helping its members cope with crises after they occur. This paper examines how the role of the IMF as crisis manager has evolved over time, from its earliest loans to the exchange crisis that hit Mexico in December 1994. It argues that the defining moment for this role was the international debt crisis of 1982.

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    Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 97/90.

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    Length: 24
    Date of creation: 01 Jul 1997
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    Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:97/90

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    Cited by:
    1. Dooley, Michael P, 2000. "A Model of Crises in Emerging Markets," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 110(460), pages 256-72, January.
    2. Chinn, Menzie D. & Dooley, Michael P. & Shrestha, Sona, 1999. "Latin America and East Asia in the context of an insurance model of currency crises," Journal of International Money and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 18(4), pages 659-681, August.
    3. TREMBLAY, Rodrigue, 1999. "Les facteurs declencheurs des crises financieres internationales," Cahiers de recherche 9907, Universite de Montreal, Departement de sciences economiques.

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