Mr. Carlo A Sdralevich, Miss Randa Sab, Mr. Younes Zouhar, and Ms. Giorgia Albertin
In the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries price subsidies are common, especially on food and fuels. However, these are neither well targeted nor cost effective as a social protection tool, often benefiting mainly the better off instead of the poor and vulnerable. This paper explores the challenges of replacing generalized price subsidies with more equitable social safety net instruments, including the short-term inflationary effects, and describes the features of successful subsidy reforms.
International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.
In preparation for the 2003 IMF-World Bank spring meetings, the IMF Executive Board will review progress on the IMF’s efforts and plans to help poor countries further. The IMF Survey talked to Masood Ahmed, Deputy Director of the IMF’s Policy Development and Review Department, about this effort.