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Priorities for macroeconomic policy

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Title Priorities for macroeconomic policy
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OECD

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[Paris]:Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

Date 2008
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Economy < Macroeconomics
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Abstract

Macroeconomic policy faces difficult challenges in responding to the shocks from the global financial crisis. In the near term, the monetary authorities should focus on supporting activity and financial-market stability. While inflation is well above the target zone, it is expected to slow significantly over the next year as output growth decelerates, despite the depreciation of the won. Given that the won’s fall is driven by international financial-market turbulence, foreign exchange market intervention is likely to be costly and ineffective and should therefore be limited to smoothing operations. Fiscal stimulus has a role to play in cushioning the downturn. Over the medium term, the priority should be on maintaining a strong fiscal position given future spending pressures associated with population ageing. Slowing the growth of outlays is necessary to achieve the medium-term target of a balanced budget, excluding the social security surplus.

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- Volume title: OECD Economic Surveys: Korea 2008
_ Chapter title: Priorities for macroeconomic policy