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The IMF to the Rescue: Did the Euro Area benefit from the Fund’s Experience in Crisis fighting?

Barbara Fritz, Sebastian Dullien () and Laurissa Muehlich

No 1601, Competence Centre on Money, Trade, Finance and Development from Hochschule fuer Technik und Wirtschaft, Berlin

Abstract: The paper analyses how the IMF brought its experience gained in emerging market sovereign debt crises in the troika’s handling of the euro crisis. We link models of multiple equilibria with the IMF’s experience made in Latin American crises in the 2000s. We examine subsequent changes in the IMF’s policy guidelines and show that previous insights have been taken in, but applied only with a significant delay and partially against institutional rules and internal advice for the case of Greece. Hence, we argue that the inclusion of the IMF in Europe’s crisis fighting did not completely deliver what had been hoped for.

Keywords: euro crisis; emerging market debt crisis; IMF; multiple equilibria; sovereign debt resolution mechanism (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E44 G18 G28 R30 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 27 pages
Date: 2015-09
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Published in Berlin Working Papers on Money, Finance, Trade and Development, September 2016

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