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The IMF and the Indonesian crisis

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Given the strong performance and resilience of the Indonesian economy over the previous three decades, the depth and duration of the 1997-98 crisis was unexpected. The IMF's initial policy prescription was in keeping with the nature of the crisis—characterised by a reversal of foreign capital inflows, interacting with a weak domestic financial sector. But this prescription would work only if there was a quick restoration of market confidence. This was not achieved, and indeed public disputation over the elements of policy undermined confidence. Additional policy elements were needed that would address the capital outflows more directly and resolve the banking collapse. There was a loss of policy cohesion between the Fund and the Indonesian authorities, and among the authorities themselves. Before alternative policies could be put in place, the political dimension became paramount.

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  • Stephen Grenville, 2004. "The IMF and the Indonesian crisis," Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 40(1), pages 77-94.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:bindes:v:40:y:2004:i:1:p:77-94
    DOI: 10.1080/0007491042000205213
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    1. Evrensel, Ayse & Kutan, Ali M., 2008. "How do IMF announcements affect financial markets in crises?: Evidence from forward exchange markets," Journal of Financial Stability, Elsevier, vol. 4(2), pages 121-134, June.
    2. Takatoshi Ito, 2012. "Can Asia Overcome the IMF Stigma?," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 102(3), pages 198-202, May.
    3. ORASTEAN Ramona, 2014. "The Lending Arrangements Of The Imf In European Union In Times Of Crisis – Characteristics And Evolutions," Studies in Business and Economics, Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Faculty of Economic Sciences, vol. 9(1), pages 134-141, April.

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