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The Economic and Financial Crises in CEE and CIS: Gender Perspectives and Policy Choices

Fatma Unal, Mirjana Dokmanovic and Rafis Abazov

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Abstract: This paper looks at the countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), where economies have been most dramatically hit by the global crisis and its impact is likely to be most long-lasting, especially among poor and vulnerable groups. Using poverty as the main axis, it looks at aspects of economic and social development in countries at similar poverty levels to identify the degree of fiscal space in each, as well as the different policy choices made. The paper argues that despite such economic fundamentals as increasing external debt, worsening current account imbalances, and demands for a balanced budget, governments have policy choices to make about how to protect different groups, especially the most vulnerable-including women.

Keywords: Economic Crisis; Gender; Policy Response; Pro-poor Macro Policies; Gender; Policy Space; Central and Eastern Europe; Commonwealth of Independent States (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: B5 E6 E61 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010-05
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cis, nep-eec and nep-tra
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