Finance, Development, and the IMF

Hardcover | July 15, 2009

EditorJames M. Boughton, Domenico Lombardi

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This book seeks to provide objective analysis of the role and effectiveness of multilaterals in general and the IMF and World Bank in particular. The IMF is a multilateral financial institution with a mandate to promote financial and macroeconomic stability, cooperative economic policies, anda balanced growth of international trade. More than two fifths of its 185 members are low-income countries and many others have substantial pockets of poverty in their populations. Since economic development and the reduction of poverty are the most important economic challenges that these countriesface, how can the IMF best help them? How can the imperative of macroeconomic and financial stability be reconciled with the requirements for sustained economic growth? This volume brings together the research of leading economists, political scientists, and historians to suggest ways for the IMF toaddress these issues effectively.

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This book seeks to provide objective analysis of the role and effectiveness of multilaterals in general and the IMF and World Bank in particular. The IMF is a multilateral financial institution with a mandate to promote financial and macroeconomic stability, cooperative economic policies, anda balanced growth of international trade. Mo...

James Boughton is Historian of the International Monetary Fund and, since 2001, Assistant Director in the Policy Development and Review Department at the IMF. From 1981 until he was named Historian in 1992, he held various positions in the IMF Research Department. Dr. Boughton holds a Ph.D. in economics from Duke University, and befo...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:July 15, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019923986X

ISBN - 13:9780199239863

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Introduction1. James M. Boughton and Domenico Lombardi: The Role of the IMF in Low-Income Countries: An OverviewPart I: History and Nature of the Role of the IMF in Low-Income Countries2. Harold James: Bretton Woods and the Debate About Development3. James M. Boughton: Lending to and for the Poor: How the IMF's Role has Evolved4. James M. Boughton: The Case for a Universal Financial Institution5. Domenico Lombardi: The Role of the IMF in Low-Income Countries: An Institutional ApproachPart II: IMF Policies and Financing in Low-Income Countries6. Graham Bird and Dane Rowland: Financier or Facilitator? The Changing Role of the IMF in Low- Income Countries7. David Bevan: The IMF's Approach to Macroeconomic Policy in Low-Income Countries8. Timothy Lane: Signaling, Aid, and IMF Financial Arrangements for Low-Income Countries9. Graham Bird: The Debt Relief in Low Income Countries: Background, Evolution and Effects10. Joanne Salop: The Role and Performance of the IMF in Aid to Low-Income Countries: Lessons from Evaluation11. Patrick Conway: Participation in IMF Programs and Income InequalityPart III: The Role of Low-Income Member Countries in the Governance of the IMF12. Ngaire Woods: Governance Matters: the IMF and Sub-Saharan Africa13. Bessma Momani: Proposing IMF Reforms for Low Income Countries14. Abbas Mirakhor and Iqbal Mehdi Zaidi: Rethinking the Governance of the International Monetary Fund