The Imf and the Ruble Area, 1991-19+L211693

The Imf and the Ruble Area, 1991-19+L211693

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This paper summarizes the IMF advice on the ruble area as it was presented to the national authorities in Russia, the Baltic countries, and other states of the former Soviet Union in 1991-93. In the course of doing so, the paper corrects some misperceptions that have arisen about the IMF''s role. The evidence presented in the paper suggests that (i) the balance of arguments on the ruble area (and national currencies) changed over time, and hence so did the IMF''s advice, and (ii) from the beginning, the IMF staff concentrated on pointing out the pros and cons of alternative monetary arrangements, without strongly advocating a particular one, emphasizing that it was the authorities'' decision to stay in or leave the ruble area. Fund advice on how to introduce national currencies was made readily available to the various national authorities as early as January 1992.... independent states of the former U.S.S.R., including Ukraine, the Baltic countries, and Moldova have announced their intention to issue their ... At present, these central banks are in a position to extend credit in rubles to their national governments and domestic enterprises. ... in the expectation that the inflation this would generate would be home not just by itself but also by other states in the ruble area.

Title:The Imf and the Ruble Area, 1991-19+L211693
Author:Mr. J. C. Odling-Smee, Mr. Gonzalo C. Pastor
Publisher:International Monetary Fund - 2001-08-01


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