Which Way to Go? Jamaica's Economic Stabilization Policy

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    Abstract:
    Jamaica's relationship with the International Monetary Fund had often been tense. Currently, the country had no agreements with the IMF, and Prime Minister P.J. Patterson had sworn that his country would never again borrow from the Fund. Still, there were significant advantages to be gained from cooperation with the IMF. Not only was it a source of valuable technical expertise, but Fund approval of the government's policies could facilitate borrowing on world financial markets or from other multilateral organizations. Recently, the IMF appeared to be softening in its opposition to the government's policy direction. However, it seemed unlikely that the country could reach a borrowing agreement with the IMF without significant policy adjustments, particularly in the matter of the exchange rate. Under these circumstances, Dr. Davies had to determine whether he should approach the Fund for assistance, and if so, what policy changes the government would be willing to make in order to secure that assistance.

    Learning Objective:
    This case offers a comprehensive background on the economic and political problems facing the government of Jamaica. It can be used as a vehicle for discussion to determine the best policy direction for Jamaica moving forward and whether attempting to reconcile its relationship with the IMF would be beneficial in the long term.

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    Publication Date: November 01, 2000
    HKS Case Number: 1602.0
    Case Author: Audrey Watson
    Faculty Lead: Alfred Schipke
    Pages (incl. exhibits): 23
    Setting: Jamaica
    Language: English
    _year: 2000-2009
    _pages: 16-25
    _geography: Latin America
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