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The Crisis Hits Home: Stress-Testing Households in Europe and Central Asia

Erwin R. Tiongson, Naotaka Sugawara, Victor Sulla, Ashley Taylor, Anna I. Gueorguieva, Victoria Levin and Kalanidhi Subbarao

No 2396 in World Bank Publications from The World Bank

Abstract: The Europe and Central Asia (ECA) region has been hit by a crisis on multiple fronts. Countries in ECA are facing major, interrelated, external macro-financial shocks. The first is the global growth slowdown leading to falling export market demand. In addition, the prospects for inflows of remittances to low-income countries have been downgraded as economic activity in migrant host countries has declined. The second is the financial deleveraging by major banks and other financial institutions in developed economies, which has markedly reduced the availability, and increased the cost, of external finance across public, corporate, and financial sectors. The third is the recent commodity price changes, which have involved a reversal of much of the commodity price boom of 2007 and 2008. The main objective of the study is to understand the impact of these macroeconomic shocks on household well-being. In particular, it seeks to understand the key macroeconomic shocks confronted by the region and the impact of such shocks on household welfare, including the effect on household income flows, consumption levels, and liabilities. It will also assess possible strategies to cope with the crisis and manage the adverse social impact.

Keywords: Finance; and; Financial; Sector; Development; -; Debt; Markets; Private; Sector; Development; -; Emerging; Markets; Finance; and; Financial; Sector; Development; -; Currencies; and; Exchange; Rates; Macroeconomics; and; Economic; Growth; -; Economic; Theory; &; Research; Finance; and; Financial; Sector; Development; -; Access; to; Finance (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010
ISBN: 978-0-8213-8222-6
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