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The IMF and Russia in the 1990s


  • John Odling-Smee

    (International Monetary Fund)


This paper explains the IMF's impact on economic policies in Russia, focusing on where the IMF made a difference. The Russian economic and political leadership essentially determined economic policies. The IMF's influence was modest: it had a limited impact on overall fiscal policy and major structural reforms, but it had a positive impact on monetary policy. A tougher position on fiscal policy in 1996-98 might have produced a better outcome. The G-7's concerns weakened the IMF. However, the IMF played a major role in transferring knowledge about macroeconomic policymaking and implementation. Copyright 2006, International Monetary Fund

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  • John Odling-Smee, 2006. "The IMF and Russia in the 1990s," IMF Staff Papers, Palgrave Macmillan, vol. 53(1), pages 1-7.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:imfstp:v:53:y:2006:i:1:p:7

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    • E60 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - General
    • E62 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Fiscal Policy
    • P20 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies - - - General
    • P34 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions - - - Finance
    • P35 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions - - - Public Finance


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