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Macroeconomic Policy in Fragile States

Ralph Chami, Raphael Espinoza, and Peter J. Montiel


Setting macroeconomic policy is especially difficult in fragile states. Political legitimacy concerns are heightened, raising issues such as who the policymakers are, what incentives move them, and how the process of policymaking is likely to work under limited legitimacy and high uncertainty both about the macroeconomic environment and about policy effectiveness. In addition, fragility expands the range of policy objectives in ways that may constrain the attainment of standard macroeconomic objectives. Specifically, in the context of fragility policymakers also need to focus on measures to mi ... More

Keywords: fragile states, macroeconomic policy, governance, state capacity, accountability, structural adjustment programs, international organizations, International Monetary Fund (IMF)

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Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780198853091
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198853091.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ralph Chami, editor
Assistant Director, International Monetary Fund

Raphael Espinoza, editor
Deputy Division Chief, International Monetary Fund

Peter J. Montiel, editor
Fairleigh S. Dickinson, Jr. '41 Professor of Economics, Williams College

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2 Building Inclusive States

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3 Transition Programs

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6 The Private Sector in Fragile Situations

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7 The State of Finance in Fragile States

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8 The Challenge of Macroeconomic Stabilization in Fragile States

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9 Fiscal Capacity and State Fragility

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10 Fiscal Policy in Fragile Situations

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11 Building Fiscal Institutions in Fragile States

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13 Monetary and Exchange Rate Policy in Fragile States

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14 Exports, Exchange Regimes, and Fragility

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15 Do Financial Flows Make a Difference in Fragile States?

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16 Aid Effectiveness in Fragile States

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17 Assessing the Role of the IMF in Fragile States

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18 Tailoring IMF-Supported Programs to Fragile and Conflict-Affected States’ Needs

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19 Macroeconomic Policy Challenges in Conflict and Post-Conflict Countries

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20 Exiting Fragility

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