Exiting Financial Repression: The Case of Ethiopia

47 Pages Posted: 24 Dec 2019

Date Written: December 12, 2019


Ethiopia's framework for managing its monetary and foreign exchange policy has relied on some standard instruments of financial repression. Over time, the framework has led to the buildup of large macro-financial imbalances. Exiting financial repression while maintaining macroeconomic stability would require solid control over the macro-financial flows and good anticipation of the immediate financial effects of the reform. The paper presents and quantifies such a gradual liberalization reform scenario of Ethiopia's monetary and foreign exchange system.

Keywords: Inflation, International Trade and Trade Rules, Banks & Banking Reform, Macroeconomic Management, Legal Institutions of the Market Economy

Suggested Citation

Chauffour, Jean-Pierre and Gobezie, Muluneh Ayalew, Exiting Financial Repression: The Case of Ethiopia (December 12, 2019). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 9082, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3507830

Jean-Pierre Chauffour (Contact Author)

World Bank ( email )

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Muluneh Ayalew Gobezie

National Bank of Ethiopia ( email )

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P.O. Box 5550
Addis, Ababa

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