The IMF Country Reports Series covers economic and financial developments and trends in member countries. Each report, prepared by a staff team after discussions with officials of the country, is published at the option of the member.
This Selected Issues paper examines economic developments in Bolivia during 1990-97. Macroeconomic developments in 1997 were generally sound. Economic growth for the year remained moderately robust while inflation continued on a downward path. However, the structural reforms adopted since 1995 generated fiscal costs of about 3 percent of GDP in 1997, with the 1996 pension reform accounting for about half of these costs. The paper also reviews Bolivia's growth performance over 1960-97 and assesses the factors behind that performance.