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Debt Relief for Low Income Countries: Is it Effective and Efficient?

  • Graham Bird

    (University of Surrey, UK)

  • Alistair Milne

    (University Business School, London)

Although a great deal of attention has been paid to IMF conditionality and to the effects of IMF programmes, relatively little attention has been paid to their completion rate. However, the record is that the clear majority of Fund programmes are uncompleted. Is this a cause for concern and why is it that the completion rate is low? In principle, a number of factors could be at work. Gaining a better understanding of what these are should allow policy reform at the IMF to improve performance. While there are things that we do not know and need to know about programme completion, we know enough to delineate the broad direction that policy should take. Copyright Blackwell Publishing Ltd 2003

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Article provided by Wiley Blackwell in its journal The World Economy.

Volume (Year): 26 (2003)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: 43-59

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Handle: RePEc:bla:worlde:v:26:y:2003:i:1:p:43-59
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