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 paper provides background information to the report for the 1995 Article IV Consultation with Cyprus. It reviews developments in the real, fiscal, monetary, and external sectors during the 1990s. The effects of wage indexation when the economy faces an adverse terms-of-trade shock in the context of the IMF staff's medium-term projections are illustrated. The paper analyzes the fiscal effects of financial liberalization by estimating government revenues from financial repression and seignior age, and summarizes other countries' experiences with financial liberalization and their implications for Cyprus.