Assessing the Impact of the Global Financial and Economic Crisis in Developing Countries: The Case of Uruguay
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Centro de Investigaciones Economicas (CINVE - Uruguay)
October 17, 2011
MPIA Working Paper No. 2011-16
This paper uses a static computable general equilibrium model (CGE) linked to a microsimulation model to analyze how the global crisis and some adopted policy responses may have affected the Uruguayan economy. The focus is on the trade channel and foreign capital flows, since they are the most important mechanisms through which the global crisis affected the Uruguayan economy. The crisis had a strong impact on exports and fixed investment. Poorest households would be the most affected, as they face a stronger reduction in real wages and a rise in unemployment. We find a negative impact on extreme poverty, but not on moderate poverty, as households near the poverty line would benefit from the fall in some consumer prices. A policy based in increasing current public consumption does moderately counteract some negative impacts of the crisis, but benefits mainly skilled workers, and does not act directly towards the most affected.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 35
Keywords: Global economic crisis, Trade shock, Fiscal response, Uruguay, Unemployment
JEL Classification: D58, I32, G01, J68, H50
Date posted: October 28, 2011
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