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Bolivia's Economic Crisis


  • Juan Antonio Morales
  • Jeffrey Sachs


By any standard, Bolivia's economic crisis in the 1980's has been extraordinary. Like its neighbors. Bolivia suffered from major external shocks, but the extent of economic collapse in the face of these shocks (including a hyperinflation during 1984-85) suggests that internal factors as well as external shocks have been critical to Bolivia's poor economic performance. One major theme of our work is that the recent economic crisis in Bolivia is a reflection of political and economic conflicts in Bolivian society that have undermined the development process throughout this century. While major reforms have been begun by the present government, many of the deepest problems in Bolivian society that contributed to the crisis remain unresolved.

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  • Juan Antonio Morales & Jeffrey Sachs, 1988. "Bolivia's Economic Crisis," NBER Working Papers 2620, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  • Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:2620
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    1. Julio H. G. Olivera, 1967. "Money, prices and fiscal lags: a note on the dynamics of inflation," BNL Quarterly Review, Banca Nazionale del Lavoro, vol. 20(82), pages 258-267.
    2. Julio H. G. Olivera, 1967. "Money, prices and fiscal lags: a note on the dynamics of inflation," Banca Nazionale del Lavoro Quarterly Review, Banca Nazionale del Lavoro, vol. 20(82), pages 258-267.
    3. Morales, Juan Antonio, 1987. "Inflation Stabilization in Bolivia," Documentos de trabajo 6/1987, Instituto de Investigaciones Socio-Económicas (IISEC), Universidad Católica Boliviana.
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    1. Kerekes, Monika, 2012. "Growth miracles and failures in a Markov switching classification model of growth," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 98(2), pages 167-177.
    2. Vegh, Carlos, 1991. "Stopping High Inflation: An Analytical Overview," MPRA Paper 20175, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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