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 reviews economic developments in Portugal-Macau during 1997-99. It highlights the way in which Macau's economic development evolved over the years. The paper discusses developments in prices, wages, and employment, and sheds light on how the product and labor markets adjusted to external shocks-in particular to the Asian crisis as well as the increased competition faced by the economy in recent years (1997-99). The paper also reviews the budgetary process and budgetary developments and highlights structural problems that are inherent in the fiscal system.