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Structural Reforms, Uncertainty, and Private Investment

  • Strauss, Tove

    (Trade Union Institute for Economic Research)

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    Since almost two decades back a large number of LDCs have embarked on World Bank supported structural adjustment programs with the objective to promote econ-omic growth and private investment. I consider how the design of reform programs can increase reform credibility and thus reduce uncertainty in the economy. Using new data on adjustment lending, I test the effects of reform on private investment behavior. I find that while most political factors seem to have no effect on private investment response in reforming countries, magnitude as well as scope of reforms are important explanatory variables.

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    Paper provided by Trade Union Institute for Economic Research in its series Working Paper Series with number 165.

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    Length: 23 pages
    Date of creation: 22 Dec 2000
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    Handle: RePEc:hhs:fiefwp:0165
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