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Dawn Heany and Viktoria Kiss

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Xavier Debrun

Gaston Gelos

Haizhou Huang

Laura Kodres

Antonio Spilimbergo

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© 2003 by the International Monetary Fund

ISBN 1-58906-204-3

International Standard Serial Number: ISSN 1020-7635

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IMF staff papers — International Monetary Fund. v. 1–Feb. 1950–[Washington] International Monetary Fund.

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