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February 1995
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    World Economic and Financial Surveys

    This series (ISSN 0258-7440) contains biannual, annual, and periodic studies covering monetary and financial issues of importance to the global economy. The core elements of the series are the World Economic Outlook report, usually published in May and October, and the annual report on International Capital Markets. Other studies assess international trade policy, private market and official financing for developing countries, exchange and payments systems, export credit policies, and issues raised in the World Economic Outlook.

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    • “Boom and Bust” in Asset Markets in the 1980s: Causes and Consequences

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    See the May 1993 World Economic Outlook, page x.

    A summary of the Uruguay Round agreements and discussion of their likely effects are presented in Annex I.

    The events in the EMS from mid-1992 through September 1993 were analyzed extensively in the October 1993 World Economic Outlook, pp. 2-3 and 29-39, See also the May 1993 World Economic Outlook and the January 1993 Interim Assessment of the World Economic Outlook.

    The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics adopted new survey techniques in January 1994 that appear to have increased measured unemployment by about ½ of 1 percentage point. To maintain comparability, projections presented here are based on the old survey procedure.

    The CFA is commonly understood to refer to both the Communauté Financère de I’Afrique de I’Ouest and the Communauté Financière de I’Afrique Centrale.

    Fuel tax increases were implemented in 1993 in the United States, the United Kingdom. France, Spain. Sweden, and Australia and are scheduled to be, or already have been, implemented in 1994 in Germany and Italy, and again in the United Kingdom.

    All references to stock price movements are to the IFC Global Index, which covers a larger part of the market than the IFC Investable Index, which is designed from the perspective of foreign investors. In countries where there are significant restrictions on foreign portfolio investment, such as China, the two indices can have very different movements. See Monthly Update on Emerging Markets, International Finance Corporation (November 1993 through March 1994).

    There is a strong likelihood that measures of 1993 world trade are understated because of reduced data coverage and reporting delays associated with new procedures to record trade within the European Union. As a result of the abolition of customs formalities within the European Union on January 1, 1993, data on intra-Union trade are now derived from value-added tax (VAT) returns, which are supposed to show exports to and imports from other European Union countries. The precise degree of under-recording is difficult to estimate but could amount to as much as 5 to 10 percent for some countries. With a gradual decline in the degree of underrecording of intra-Union trade expected over the next several years, there could be a tendency for recorded trade growth to overstate actual developments in the period ahead.

    In addition, the Commission of the European Communities recently published a White Paper, Growth, Competitiveness, Employment: The Challenges and Ways Forward into the 21st Century (Brussels, June 1993); and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development will present the final report of its two-year employment and unemployment study to ministers of OECD countries in June 1994.

    This assumes that capital changes broadly in line with changes in employment and that average productivity remains broadly unchanged.

    Even countries such as Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland, which had maintained relatively low rates of unemployment throughout the 1980s, have recently experienced a sharp worsening of labor market conditions. Detailed data on unemployment, employment, and labor force trends are presented in recent issues of OECD, Employment Outlook (Paris).

    The countries included in each of the geographic groupings shown in Chart 16 have labor market institutions that share many common features. There is, of course, a diversity of labor market institutions and experiences, which will be masked by any grouping. Although labor markets in Australia and New Zealand both resembled those in Europe until recently, this may no longer be the case because of comprehensive labor market reforms undertaken in New Zealand in the early 1990s.

    See the discussion of the persistence of unemployment and hysteresis in the May 1993 World Economic Outlook, pp. 38-40; and Reza Moghadam and Caroline van Rijckeghem, “Unemployment Hysteresis, Wage Determination, and Labor Market Flexibility.” IMF Working Paper (1994, forthcoming). The structural unemployment rates shown in Chart 16 are based on judgmental estimates for each country based on previous work on the nonaccelerating-inflation rate of unemployment (NA1RU), or the natural rate of unemployment, by IMF staff (much of which is summarized in the box on “Unemployment in Industrial Countries” in the October 1991 World Economic Outlook, pp. 40-41), and on other available estimates such as those reported in Richard Layard, Stephen Nickell, and Richard Jackman, Unemployment: Macroeconomic Performance and the Labor Market (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 1991).

    Greater labor market flexibility allows the U.S. economy to adjust comparatively quickly to adverse disturbances; see Charles Adams, Paul R. Fenton, and Flemming Larsen, “Differences in Employment Behavior Among Industrial Countries.” in Staff Studies for the World Economic Outlook (IMF, July 1986). pp. 1-50.

    See OECD, Employment Outlook (Paris, July 1993), Chapter 5.

    This is demonstrated analytically in Gilles Saint-Paul, “Searching for the Virtues of the European Model,” IMF Working Paper 94/46 (April 1994).

    Recognizing this problem, the French authorities have recently introduced a number of training and apprenticeship programs for the young as well as a subsidy for young, first-time workers.

    See Reza Moghadam, “Labor Market Issues in Belgium: An International Comparison,” IMF Working Paper 93/32 (April 1993), for cross-country evidence of a significant relationship between long-duration unemployment and the generosity of long-term unemployment benefits relative to short-term unemployment benefits.

    See Gilles Saint-Paul, “On the Political Economy of Labour Market Flexibility,” CEPR Discussion Paper 803 (London: Centre for Economic Policy Research, August 1993).

    Empirical studies of the importance of labor market policies and institutions for structural unemployment have often been inconclusive, in part because the structural unemployment rate itself is unobservable, but also because changes in labor market policies and institutions tend to occur infrequently and their impact may be fell only after some time. These problems are less severe in cross-country or panel data, and empirical results using these data are somewhat stronger and more persuasive. For a review of the evidence, see Jorgen Elmeskov, “High and Persistent Unemployment: Assessment of the Problem and Its Causes,” OECD Economics Department Working Paper 132 (Paris, 1993).

    See, for example, Jacques R. Artus, “The Disequilibrium Real Wage Rate Hypothesis: An Empirical Evaluation,” Staff Papers (IMF), Vol. 31 (June 1984), pp. 249-338; and Charles Bean, “Capital Shortage and Persistent Unemployment,” Economic Policy, Vol. 8 (April 1989), pp. 11-53.

    See, for example, Commission of the European Communities, Growth, Competitiveness, Employment.

    See Reza Moghadam, “Why Is Unemployment in France So High?” IMF Working Paper (1994, forthcoming).

    For recent evidence, see Enrique C. Mendoza, Assaf Razin, and Linda L. Tesar, “An International Comparison of Tax Systems in Industrial Countries,” in Staff Studies for the World Economic Outlook (IMF. December 1993), pp. 86-105; they find that a 1 percentage point increase in labor taxes has been associated with a fall in hours worked of up to 1½ percent and an increase of ½ of 1 percentage point in the structural unemployment rate. See also Caroline van Rijckeghem, “Endogeneily in Structural Unemployment Equations: The Case of Canada,” IMF Working Paper 93/94 (December 1993).

    See Dimitri G. Demekas, “Labor Market Institutions and Flexibility in Italy: A Critical Evaluation and Some International Comparisons,” IMF Working Paper 94/30 (April 1994) for a review of the evidence linking restrictions on laying off to hiring in Italy; and Robert J. Flanaghan, “Unemployment as a Hiring Problem,” OECD Economic Studies, No. 11 (Paris, 1988). pp. 123-54.

    In the Netherlands, for example, provisions for disability payments are particularly generous, and one in seven adults of working age collects disability pay. While this does not increase measured unemployment, abuse of the scheme reduces employment and raises the tax burden of those who do work.

    See Sandra Wilson and Arvil Van Adams, “Promotion of Self-Employment for the Unemployed: Experiences in OECD and Transitional Countries” (Washington: World Bank, March 1994). For a discussion of the experience in the United Kingdom with alternatives to income transfers, see Dennis J. Snower, “Converting Unemployment Benefits into Employment Subsidies,” American Economic Review (May 1994, forthcoming).

    See the discussion of unemployment, trade, and protectionism in the October 1993 World Economic Outlook, pp. 62-67.

    See Box 2 in Chapter II for a description of Japan’s recent fiscal stimulus packages.

    A recent Federal Reserve Board study estimates that two-thirds of the stock of U.S. currency is circulating outside of the United States. See Richard Porter, “Estimates of Foreign Holdings of U.S. Currency—An Approach Based on Relative Cross-country Seasonal Variations” (Washington, September 1993). For a discussion or monetary targeting in the context of European integration, see Marcell Cassard, Timothy Lane, and Paul Masson, “ERM Money Supplies and the Transition to EMU,” IMF Working Paper 94/1 (January 1994).

    The Board of Governors are obliged to “maintain long-run growth of the monetary and credit aggregates commensurate with the economy’s long-run potential to increase production, so as to promote effectively the goals or maximum employment, stable prices, and moderate long-term interest rates.” See Federal Reserve Act, Section 2A, 1913 and subsequent amendments. For a review of the conduct of monetary policy in the United States, see Michael Mussa, “U.S. Monetary Policy in the 1980s,” in American Economic Policy in the 1980s, edited by Martin Feldstein (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994), pp. 81-164.

    See Box 2 in the May 1993 World Economic Outlook, p. 26 for a discussion of the explicit inflation objectives recently adopted by the United Kingdom, Canada, Finland, New Zealand, and Sweden. More recently, France has announced an implicit objective of an inflation rate of less than 2 percent.

    Total factor productivity growth is the increase in real output that is not accounted for by increases in capital and labor inputs, and it can be interpreted as a broad measure of the change in economic efficiency. Estimates of total factor productivity are, however, subject to significant margins of error.

    Recent empirical studies have found a negative association between fiscal deficits and economic growth. See, for example, Robert J. Barro, “Economic Growth in a Cross-Section of Countries,” Quarterly Journal of Economics (1991), pp. 407-43. See the October 1992 World Economic Outlook, Chapter IV, for a detailed analysis of macroeconomic policies in the successfully adjusting countries.

    The importance of good governance for successful adjustment was emphasized at the IMF-World Bank Annual Meetings in September 1993. See Michel Camdessus, address to the Forty-Eighth Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors, September 28-30, 1993, in Summary Proceedings (IMF, 1994).

    For evidence on the relation between land ownership patterns and productivity, see Albert R. Berry and William Cline, Agrarian Structure and Productivity in Developing Countries (Baltimore, Maryland: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1979).

    For a survey of the recent literature on the interactions between economic conditions, including income distribution, and the sustainability of reforms, see Carlos M. Asilis and Gian Maria Milesi-Ferrett, “On the Political Sustainability of Economic Reforms,” IMF Paper on Policy Analysis and Assessment, PPAA/94/3 (January 1994).

    For recent evidence on the relation between financial development and growth, see Robert G. King and Ross Levine, “Finance and Growth: Schumpeter Might Be Right,” Quarterly Journal of Economics, Vol. 108 (August 1993), pp. 717-38.

    For an appraisal of adjustment programs in these low-income countries, see Susan Schadlerm Franck Rozwadowski, Siddarth Tiwari, and David Robinson, Economic Adjustment in Low-Income Countries: Experience Under the Enhanced Structural Adjustment Facility, IMF Occasional Paper 106 (September 1993). The recent trend toward the liberalization of financial markets has been encouraging; in Africa the number of countries that maintain positive real interest rates rose from 22 in 1989 to 27 in 1992. See Pierre Dhonte, Jean Clement, Mbuyamu Matungulu, and Dawn Rehm, “Economic Trends in Africa,” IMF Working Paper 93/71 (September 1993).

    See World Bank, The East Asian Miracle: Economic Growth and Public Policy. Policy Research Report (Washington: World Bank; New York: Oxford University Press, September 1993); and Palle Andersen, “Economic Growth and Financial Markets,” Finance and the International Economy, Vol. 7 (1993), pp. 66-91.

    In Korea, informal money markets may also have been important in determining credit allocation. See Sweder van Wijnbergen “Interest Rate Management in LDCs,” Journal of Monetary Economics, Vol. 12, No. 3 (September 1983). pp. 433-52.

    In the high-growth East Asian economies, annual inflation has averaged around 9 percent over the past three decades, compared with 18 percent in low- and middle-income countries.

    See “Economic Implications or Unproductive Public Expenditures” (IMF Fiscal Affairs Department, 1994, forthcoming).

    See Mohsin S. Khan and Manmohan S. Kumar, “Convergence and Public and Private Investment,” IMF Working Paper 93/51 (December 1992), which presents evidence that public investment has a positive impact on growth, but that the effect is considerably smaller than that of private investment.

    Price controls have been used repeatedly in the context of “heterodox” macroeconomic stabilization programs, especially in Latin America, on the assumption that controls can help to stop inflation quickly without raising unemployment. In practice, however, price controls are often used as substitutes for monetary and fiscal policy adjustment. For a survey on the theoretical rationale for price controls, see Pierre-Richard Agenor and Carlos M. Asilis, “Price Controls and Electoral Cycles,” IMF Working Paper 89/93 (November 1993).

    See Rudiger Dornbusch, “The Case for Trade Liberalization in Developing Countries,” Journal of Economic Perspectives, Vol. 6 (Winter 1992), pp. 69-85; and Sebastian Edwards, “Trade Orientation, Distortions, and Growth in Developing Countries,” Journal of Development Economics, Vol. 39 (July 1992). pp, 31-57.

    See Table 6 in the text, and Table 21 in the May 1993 World Economic Outlook. See also Sebastian Edwards, “Trade Policy, Exchange Rates and Growth,” NBER Working Paper 4511 (Cambridge, Massachusetts: National Bureau of Economic Research, 1993), who found that trade impediments have tended to reduce total factor productivity growth.

    Dornbusch, “The Case for Trade Liberalization in Developing Countries.”

    The degree of overvaluation in some African countries in the mid-1980s, as approximately indicated by the premium in informal or parallel markets, was over 300 percent.

    Susan Hickok, “Recent Trade Liberalization in Developing Countries: The Effects on Global Trade and Output,” Quarterly Review, Federal Reserve Bank of New York (Autumn 1993), pp. 6-19.

    The benefits of lower debt servicing are limited to those countries that are servicing their external debts. For countries that are not able to meet their debt interest payments, lower interest rates may not affect actual interest payments, although their nominal obligations and the magnitude of future arrears will be less.

    See Enrique G. Mendoza, “International Evidence on the Macroeconomic Effects of Terms of Trade Disturbances,” IMF Working Paper (1994, forthcoming) for empirical evidence on the importance of terms of trade movements in developing countries.

    For a description of the IMF’s developing country model, see Manmohan S. Kumar, Hossein Samiei, and Sheila Bassett, “An Extended Scenario and Forecast Adjustment Model for Developing Countries,” in Staff Studies for the World Economic Outlook (IMF, December 1993), pp. 47-75.

    The index is calculated by multiplying each external variable with its elasticity, summing the three products and adding 100.

    See Carmen M. Reinhart and Peter Wickham, “Commodity Prices: Cyclical Weakness or Secular Decline?” IMF Working Paper 94/7 (January 1994); and Eduardo Borenzstein and Carmen M. Reinhart, “The Macroeconomic Determinants of Commodity Prices,” IMF Working Paper 94/9 (December 1993).

    See the World Bank’s World Development Report (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 1992).

    See GATT Secretariat, An Analysis of the Proposed Uruguay Round Agreement, with Particular Emphasis on Aspects of Interest to Developing Countries, MTN.TNCAW/122 (Geneva: GATT, November 29, 1993).

    The income loss in the OECD caused by agricultural protection is estimated to be about 1 percent of total OECD GDP. See John P. Martin. Jean-Marc Burniaux, Francois Detorme, Ian Lienert, and Dominique van der Mensbrugghe, “Economy-Wide Effects of Agricultural Policies in OECD Countries: Simulation Results with WALRAS,” OECD Economic Studies, Vol. 13 (Winter, 1989-90). pp. 131-72.

    See Ian Goldin, Odin Knudsen, and Dominique van der Mensbrugghe, Trade Liberalization: Global Economic Implications (Paris: OECD Development Centre; Washington: World Bank, 1993).

    Armenia, Azerbaijan, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia/Montenegro), Georgia, and Tajikistan are all suffering from virtual economic collapse because of wars.

    In early 1994, several countries, notably Belarus, opened negotiations with Russia to rejoin the ruble area.

    The relationship between corporate governance and privatization is discussed in the October 1993 World Economic Outlook, and in Eduardo Borenzstein and Manmohan S. Kumar, “Proposals for Privatization in Eastern Europe,” Staff Papers (IMF), Vol. 38 (June 1991), pp. 300-26.

    For a detailed discussion, see Jack Boorman, Naheed Kirmani, and others, Trade Policy Reform in the Countries of the Former Soviet Union, IMF Economic Reviews, No. 2 (February 1994).

    See Annex II, Benediete Vibe Christensen, The Russian Federation in Transition: External Developments, IMF Occasional Paper 111 (February 1994).

    The G-24 comprises the member countries of the OECD.

    Before the establishment of the G-24 initiative, the European Community committed to loan $1 billion to Hungary.

    Loans provided by Japan to central European countries have been made available as cofinancing of World Bank structural adjustment loans, with disbursements subject to the conditionality attached to those loans. In addition, in 1993 Japan pledged to provide financing parallel to that under IMF stand-by arrangements.

    The analysis and quantitative estimates of the reduction in financial resource transfers from Russia to the rest of the former Soviet Union and the resulting adjustment burden are taken from Thomas Wolf, Warren Coats, Daniel Citrin, and Adrienne Cheasty, Financial Relations Among Countries of the Former Soviet Union, IMF Economic Reviews, No. 1 (February 1994).

    For an extensive discussion of the increasing need for a well-functioning financial sector, see Guillermo A. Calvo and Manmohan S. Kumar, “Money Demand, Bank Credit, and Economic Performance in Former Socialist Economies,” IMF Working Paper 94/3 (January 1994).

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