Macroeconomic Policies, Instability and Growth in the World
Journal of African Economies, 7 (Supp. 2): 116-68, 1999.
48 Pages Posted: 26 Sep 2017
Date Written: December 1, 1998
High instability and low growth characterize the macroeconomic performance of most developing countries. Inadequate policies are often to blame. This paper documents the empirical regularities that characterize the relationship between macroeconomic-financial policies, instability, and growth across developing and industrial nations. While successful transitions to low instability and high growth are not frequent, they have been observed in a dozen of countries. Such win-win transitions require to put into place institutions and rules that change government incentives in choosing between policies that reflect narrow interests or social conflict -- contributing to more instability and less growth -- and social welfare-maximizing policies that help growth and make economies more resilient to residual instability.
JEL Classification: E63, F43, O57
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