Inflation and Indexation: Argentina, Brazil, and Israel

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John Williamson
Institute for International Economics, 1985 - Business & Economics - 181 pages
Triple digit inflation poses the greatest threat to the economic prospects and to the political cohesion of Argentina, Brazil, and Israel. All three countries have extensive indexation, including linkage of wages to the inflation rate. This report discusses questions such as: What strategy offers the best hope for controlling inflation in each of these cases? Is deindexation necessary to curb inflation and how might it be achieved? What can be learned from previous attempts at monetary reform and deindexation? Now available directly from: IIE 11 Dupont Circle, NW Washington, DC 20036 Tel: (202) 328-9000

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About the author (1985)

John Williamson, Senior Fellow since 1981, was on leave as Chief Economist for South Asia at the World Bank during 1996-99; Economics professor at Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro (1978-81), University of Warwick (1970-77), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1967, 1980), University of York (1963-68), and Princeton University (1962-63); Adviser to the International Monetary Fund (1972-74); & Economic Consultant to the UK Treasury (1968-70). He is author or editor of numerous studies on international monetary & developing world debt issues, including The Crawling Band as an Exchange Rate Regime (1996), What Role for Currency Boards? (1995), Estimating Equilibrium Exchange Rates (1994), The Political Economy of Policy Reform (1993), Latin American Adjustment: How Much Has Happened? (1990) & Targets & Indicators: A Blueprint for the International Coordination of Economic Policy with Marcus Miller (1987).

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