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The IMF and the Indonesian crisis

  • Stephen Grenville
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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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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies.

    Volume (Year): 40 (2004)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 77-94

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    1. Mari Pangestu & Manggi Habir, 2002. "The Boom, Bust and Restructuring of Indonesian Banks," IMF Working Papers 02/66, International Monetary Fund.
    2. David Cole & Betty Slade, 1998. "Why Has Indonesia's Financial Crisis Been so Bad?," Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 34(2), pages 61-66.
    3. Timothy D. Lane & A. Javier Hamann & Marianne Schulze-Gattas & Ales Bulir & Steven Phillips & Atish R. Ghosh & Alex Mourmouras & Jack Boorman, 2000. "Managing Financial Crises; The Experience in East Asia," IMF Working Papers 00/107, International Monetary Fund.
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