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Beyond the crisis: revisiting emerging Europe's growth model

Ruben Atoyan, International Monetary Fund, Washington, D.C., USA

Focusing on the nexus between economic growth and the buildup of external vulnerabilities, this paper provides a systematic account of different growth strategies followed in Central and Eastern Europe in 2000-08 and then uses this growth diagnostics to derive implications for a post-crisis recovery. The main findings point to three policy lessons for improving growth sustainability. First, greater reliance on tradable sectors should be the cornerstone of a future growth model. Second, enhancing domestic sources of bank credit funding would contribute to the mitigation of external vulnerabilities and make the domestic financial system more resilient to global financial shocks. Third, prudential and macroeconomic policies will have to be more proactive in managing capital inflows, including funneling these inflows into investment in export-oriented industries.

Keywords:  sustainable economic growth, sources of growth, external vulnerabilities

Year:  2010   |   Volume:  34   |   Issue:  4   |   Pages:  329 - 356

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 December, 2010
IV / 2010
EBSCO Publishing
ISSN 1846-887X
e-ISSN 1845-9757
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