Sunday, September 18, 2011

It hurts some times

IMF on fiscal contractions;
Second, external adjustment is not driven solely by the fall in domestic demand from fiscal consolidation. The contractionary effect of fiscal consolidation is now well established, with consequent effects on import demand, and this is something policymakers cannot ignore—fiscal consolidation hurts. But the current account also improves because exports get a boost from the real exchange rate depreciation that tends to accompany fiscal consolidation.

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