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International Monetary Fund
Published Date:
February 1988
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    © 1988 International Monetary Fund

    Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

    Lopez-Claros, Augusto.

    The search for efficiency in the adjustment process.

    (Occasional paper ; no. 57)

    “February 1988.”

    Bibliography: p.

    1. Spain—Economic policy. 2. Spain—Economic conditions—1975– I. Title. II. Series: Occasional paper (International Monetary Fund) ; no. 57.

    HC385.L565 1988 338.946 88–2784

    ISBN 9781557750099

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    Prefatory Note

    This paper was prepared by Augusto Lopez-Claros, Economist in the European Department of the International Monetary Fund. He received useful comments from a number of Fund colleagues and would like to thank in particular Manuel Guitián, Teresa Ter-Minassian, and L. Alan Whittome for their suggestions and encouragement. The author also benefited from extensive information and remarks provided by the Spanish authorities, to whom he wishes to record his gratitude. This paper also draws on the work of staff teams involved in Article IV consultations with Spain over the last few years. The author is also grateful to Mr. David Driscoll from the Fund’s Editorial Division for expert editorial assistance and to Mr. G. Theodore Saxerud and Ms. Shahpassand Sheybani for computational help. Remaining deficiencies are the sole responsibility of the author.

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