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IMF Lending to Developing Countries: Issues and Evidence

Book/book chapter

The IMF was created to centralise the management of the global monetary system. As international financial markets evolved, the richer countries turned to other, more flexible sources of finance and IMF lending became almost exclusively focused on the developing world. The IMF has been widely criticised for its lending role in developing countries, with some arguing that it should not be lending to all and others claiming that net reverse flows since the mid-1980s suggest that the Fund has abrogated its responsibilities. This book provides the first detailed theoretical and empirical analysis of Fund lending and concludes that key changes are needed if the Fund is to realise its full potential for assisting developing countries.

Graham Bird, University of Surrey