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Promoting an effective market economy in a changing world

Buiter, Willem H., Lago, Richard and Stern, Nicholas (1997) Promoting an effective market economy in a changing world. 335. Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

In this paper we examine the main challenges in promoting an effective market economy. While the paper ranges widely across the spectrum of economic institutions and policies, the central theme is the importance of macroeconomic stability for economic growth in the medium and long run. Macroeconomic stability may be seen as a public good. Its provision is among the essential responsibilities of the state both in modern market economies and in economies transforming themselves into modern market economies. Following this brief introduction, Section II considers four key aspects of the economic environment of the coming decades: increasing internationalisation; market-orientation; diminished government role; high real interest rates. Section III reviews the reasons why macroeconomic stability matters for economic performance and summarises the key empirical evidence supporting the existence of a causal link. Section IV deals with the design of domestic and international policies and institutions to promote macroeconomic stability and Section V asks how national governments and international institutions can take advantage of the current relatively stable global macroeconomic environment to improve medium-term economic performance and promote long-term growth. Section VI concludes. While our discussion will range broadly both theoretically and empirically, we shall emphasise lessons for, and experience from, countries attempting to create a market economy.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://cep.lse.ac.uk/
Additional Information: © 1997 W. Buiter, R. Lago and N. Stern
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Sets: Research centres and groups > Asia Research Centre
Collections > Economists Online
Departments > Economics
Research centres and groups > Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: 335
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2008 14:09
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/3740/

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