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What do we know about the global financial safety net? Data, rationale and possible evolution

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  • Scheubel, Beatrice
  • Herrala, Risto
  • Stracca, Livio

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We critically review the theoretical basis for the provision of global financial safety nets (GFSN) and provide a comprehensive database covering four types (foreign exchange reserves, IMF financing, central bank swap lines, and Regional Financing Arrangements) for over 150 countries in the sample 1970-2015. We also show some key stylised facts associated with the provision of financing associated with GFSN and compare macroeconomic outcomes around sudden stop episodes depending on how much GFSN were available for countries, and used. We conclude with some speculations on the possible evolution of the GFSN.

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  • Scheubel, Beatrice & Herrala, Risto & Stracca, Livio, 2016. "What do we know about the global financial safety net? Data, rationale and possible evolution," Annual Conference 2016 (Augsburg): Demographic Change 145676, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association.
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    2. Irina Andone & Beatrice D. Scheubel, 2017. "Memorable Encounters? Own and Neighbours' Experience with IMF Conditionality and IMF Stigma," CESifo Working Paper Series 6399, CESifo Group Munich.
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    JEL classification:

    • F34 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - International Lending and Debt Problems
    • F33 - International Economics - - International Finance - - - International Monetary Arrangements and Institutions
    • G01 - Financial Economics - - General - - - Financial Crises

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