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Stability with GrowthMacroeconomics, Liberalization and Development$
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Joseph Stiglitz, José Antonio Ocampo, Shari Spiegel, Ricardo Ffrench-Davis, and Deepak Nayyar

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199288144

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199288143.001.0001

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Introducing the Key Questions

Introducing the Key Questions

(p.3) 1 Introducing the Key Questions
Stability with Growth

Joseph E. Stiglitz (Contributor Webpage)

José Antonio Ocampo (Contributor Webpage)

Shari Spiegel

Ricardo Ffrench-Davis (Contributor Webpage)

Deepak Nayyar

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces the book and lays out the key questions of macroeconomic policy. Economists differ greatly in their views and policy prescriptions. All economic policies, though, have trade-offs. Policy choices come with risks, and the risks involve different beneficiaries and victims. Political processes play a key role in macroeconomic policy just as they do in most arenas of economic decision-making. If there were no alternative policies, or if one approach were best for everyone, then we could leave the design of economic policy to domestic and international technocrats and bureaucrats. But there are always alternatives and trade-offs so choices are political in nature and cannot be left to technocrats.

Keywords:   capital market liberalization, institutions, structural reforms, International Monetary Fund, trade-offs, policy, risk

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