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Stabilization and Growth in Transition Economies: The Early Experience

  • Stanley Fischer
  • Ratna Sahay
  • Carlos A. Vegh

The authors analyze the growth and stabilization experience in twenty-six transition economies in Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and Mongolia for the period 1989-94. Inflation rates have declined significantly in most countries following an inflation stabilization program. Typically, stabilization has been followed by growth within two years; and growth does not occur without stabilization. Reducing inflation thus appears to be a precondition for growth. An econometric analysis of the short-run determinants of inflation and growth illustrates the key roles of fixed exchange rates, improved fiscal balances, and structural reforms in spurring growth and lowering inflation.

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Volume (Year): 10 (1996)
Issue (Month): 2 (Spring)
Pages: 45-66

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