The Time is Nigh: How Reforms Can Bring Back Productivity Growth in Emerging Markets

Much of this has been said before but it’s worth repeating at a time when growth in many emerging markets has slowed.

iMFdirect - The IMF Blog

By  Era Dabla-Norris and Kalpana Kochar

(Version in Español)

The era of remarkable growth in many emerging market economies fueled by cheap money and high commodity prices may very well be coming to an end.

The slowdown reflects not just inadequate global demand, but also structural factors that are rendering previous growth engines less effective, and the fact that economic “good times” reduced the incentives to implement further reforms to enhance productivity. With the end of the period of favorable global financing and trade conditions, the time is nigh for governments to make strong efforts to increase productivity—the essential foundation of sustainable growth and rising living standards.

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