DP13701 Israel's Struggle Towards Macroeconomic Stability: Historical-Analytical Essay

Author(s): Assaf Razin
Publication Date: April 2019
Date Revised: April 2019
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JEL(s): E0, F0
Programme Areas: International Macroeconomics and Finance
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This essay offers an economic-history perspective of the long struggle towards macroeconomic stability. The paper is a broad analytical overview of major exogenous shocks and shifts in macroeconomic policy and institutions in Israel since the 1977-1985 great inflation through the global financial crisis and the effects of those shifts on long term growth, inflation, the business cycle, the Phillips curve and related economic developments. The paper will discuss three main issues. The first one on the inflation crisis focuses on the 1985 stabilization and on its impact on subsequent reform of monetary institutions. The second discusses the impact of globalization on growth, inflation and the Phillips curve. The third contains a discussion of the reasons for the relatively good performance of Israel during the crisis, including foreign exchange market intervention.