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Macroeconomics Policy Briefs

  • What You Should and What You Should Not Expect from a Central Bank

    Central banks are often surrounded by an aura of mystique and the common man on the street seems to have very little understanding not only of what, why, and how exactly a central bank does, but most importantly of how much a central bank actually can do. It is commonly believed that the job of a central bank is to Read More
  • The Exchange Rates of the Georgian Lari and the Armenian Dram in Comparison, 2014-2015

    Both Georgia and Armenia have been subject to negative external economic shocks, particularly through remittances and exports, in 2014 and 2015, yet the macroeconomic adjustment of the countries appears to have been different. While the GDP growth of both countries remained relatively stable at around 3% in both years, the exchange rate of the Georgian Lari (GEL) depreciated by a Read More
  • Fiscal Policy After the Parliamentary Elections

    Economic reforms announced in the run-up to the parliamentary elections in October 2016 raised concerns about whether Georgia was departing from its path of prudent fiscal policy. A reform of the corporate profit tax and increased infrastructure investment were driving expectations of a 6% of GDP budget deficit in 2017, endangering Georgia’s macroeconomic stability and its reputation with investors. After winning the elections, the “Georgian Dream” coalition has Read More
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