Front Matter

Front Matter

Author(s):
Bijan Aghevli, Eduardo Borensztein, and Tessa Van der Willigen
Published Date:
March 1992
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©1992 International Monetary Fund

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Aghevli, Bijan B.

Stabilization and structural reform in the Czech and Slovak Federal Republic: First stage / Bijan B. Aghevli, Eduardo Borensztein, and Tessa van der Willigen.

p. cm. — (Occasional Paper ; 92)

Includes bibliographical references.

ISBN 1-55775-226-5

1. Czechoslovakia—Economic policy—1989- 2. Economic stabilization—Czechoslovakia. I. Borensztein, Eduardo. II. Van der Willigen, Tessa. III. Title. IV. Series: Occasional paper (International Monetary Fund) ; no. 92.

HC270.282.A34 1992

339.5’09437—dc20

92-7788

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Contents

Preface

On January 1, 1991, the Czech and Slovak Federal Republic launched a comprehensive reform program designed to establish a market economy. The program has been successful in achieving price stability and a viable external position through restrictive financial policies, but there has been a sharp decline in output. The eventual output recovery is predicated on completing structural market reforms, such as developing financial markets and safeguarding their stability, privatizing large enterprises, minimizing government interference with economic signals, and imposing the “hard” budget constraint.

The information discussed in this paper was collected during staff visits to Czechoslovakia during 1990 and 1991. The authors are grateful to the Czechoslovak authorities for their cooperation. The authors are also grateful to their colleagues Jeremy Carter, Nadeem Ul Haque, Kanitta Meesook, and Nissanke Weerasinghe, who contributed substantially to this study both directly and indirectly while working on the Czechoslovak team. The paper was edited by David Driscoll, Margaret Casey, and Elisa Diehl of the External Relations Department. The views expressed here, as well as any errors, are the sole responsibility of the authors and do not reflect the opinions of the IMF Executive Board or IMF staff.

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