Front Matter

Front Matter Page


Norman K. Humphreys, Editor

James McEuen

Assistant Editor

Editorial Committee

Norman K. Humphreys, Chairman

Bijan B. Aghevli

Gerard Bélanger

Morris Goldstein

Hmesto Hemández-Catá

Peter S. Heller

Ronald A. Krieger

Anthony Lanyi

M. Ranji P. Salgado

Joanne Salop

V. Sundararajan

From the Foreword to the first issue:

Among the responsibilities of the International Monetary Fund, as set forth in the Articles of Agreement, is the obligation to “act as a center for the collection and exchange of information on monetary and financial problems,” and thereby to facilitate “the preparation of studies designed to assist members in developing policies which further the purposes or the Fund.” The publications of the Fund are one way in which this responsibility is discharged.

Through the publication of Staff Papers, the Fund is making available some of the work of members of its staff. The Fund believes that these papers will be found helpful by government officials, by professional economists, and by others concerned with monetary and financial problems. Much of what is now presented is quite provisional. On some international monetary problems, final and definitive views are scarcely to be expected in the near future, and several alternative, or even conflicting, approaches may profitably be explored. The views presented in these papers are not, therefore, to be interpreted as necessarily indicating the position of the Executive Board or of the officials of the Fund.

The authors of the papers in this issue have received considerable assistance from their colleagues on the staff of the Fund. This general statement of indebtedness may be accepted in place of a detailed list of acknowledgments.

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© 1986 by the International Monetary Fund International Standard Serial Number: ISSN 0020-8027

The U.S. Library of Congress has cataloged this serial publication as follows:

International Monetary Fund Staff papers — Internationa! Monetary Fund. v. 1- Feb. 950—[Washington] International Monetary Fund.

v. tables, diagrs. 23 cm.

Three no. a year. 1950–1977: four no. a year, 1978-

Text in English with summaries in English. French, and Spanish.


Vols. 1–27, 1950–80. 1 v.

ISSN 0020-8027 = Staff papers — International Monetary Fund.

1. Foreign exchange—Periodicals. 2. Commerce—Periodicals. 3. Currency question—Periodicals.

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