The Response Speed of the International Monetary Fund

Ashoka Mody, Diego Saravia

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The more severe a financial crisis, the greater has been the likelihood of its management under an IMF-supported programme and shorter the time from crisis onset to programme initiation. Political links to the United States have raised programme likelihood but have prompted faster response mainly for 'major' crises. Over time, the IMF's response has not been robustly faster, but the time sensitivity to the more severe crises and those related to fixed exchange rate regimes did increase from the mid-1980s. Similarly, democracies had earlier tended to stall programme initiation but have turned supportive of financial markets' demands for quicker action.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)189-211
Number of pages23
JournalInternational Finance
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development
  • Finance


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