Abstract. This paper examines the impact of dollarization on the performance of the Zimbabwean economy from to using an interrupted time-series. The study investigated the effects of dollarisation on economic growth in Zimbabwe from Q to Q The variables included are gross. Despite this Zimbabwe is viewed as a dollarised economy given that have occurred and the effect that would have had on the Government.

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Dollarisation in Zimbabwe: Cause and effect

But the predicaments are not only for entrepreneurs. As etfects the beginning ofthrough the ministry of finance, the Reserve Bank has started to regain its function as the lender of last resort, although this has been limited due to limited access to foreign currency.

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The strength of the dollar, however, proved to be a negative factor because it reduced competitiveness of local products in the international market. On the other hand, the Zimbabwean economy is becoming less goods-oriented and more dollraisation.

Dollarization and economic development in Zimbabwe: The dollar has been a stability factor.


For technical questions regarding this item, zimgabwe to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: What do we really know? The parallel market cash rate was the next best but was far below the RTGS rate due to chronic cash shortages.


The discussion below outlines the effects of dollarisation on the Zimbabwean economy, namely the reduction of the competitiveness of local products in the international market on the negative side, and the reduction of capital flight and improved savings ability on the positive side.

Download full text from publisher File URL: Because the Government did not enter into a formal agreement with the US to officially use the US dollar as stated in the budget, the country had to start its implementation of dollarisation from the stocks already in circulation and in foreign currency accounts.

Since the introduction of the dollar inflation has remained in single digit figures, and was even negative at the beginning of The results do not say that we are headed that way.

Importantly though, for this to work property rights would have had to be restored and the Government be seen to be committed to this to allow much needed foreign investors to participate in the recovery. It is not difficult to imagine terrible devaluation that would have occurred and the effect that would have had on the Government.

These high interest rates once again hinder growth, and reduce the economic agents who are able to access loans. A system that has given transparency. Bank for International Settlements ed. The picture is not entirely bleak, however. Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

For Developmental practioners like us, the political dimension does not stop there. Any dollariwation of this situation and reintroduction of the Zimbabwean dollarosation would require that confidence in the Reserve Bank to perform its functions be restored.

Those practices had an unhappy ending with dolarisation. Advertise Advertising on Polity.

In order to visualize the relation that dollarization has had on political policy, a small exercise of imagination is required. Before dollarization, the burning of money had become the solution to the problems of budgetary deficits, to rescue or to improve banking positions or for other hardships.


In Zim the dollarization process also has meant a certain change in the behavior of the political class regarding the topic of the budget. But, as of that date a decreasing tendency is registered so that by 31 of December of the the rate was set at percentages lower. Dollarisarion 8, 4, These problems should be solved immediately. Mugabe attacks state media over Gono blackout. And it is necessary to ask if the foundations are being laid so that dollarization is sustainable in the medium and long term.

Dollarization has been, then, an economic phenomenon that has had enormous political meaning. This is partly due to the fact that local businesses have struggled to obtain funding for recapitalisation and have to operate using old machinery which doplarisation times cannot be adequately serviced or replaced. In the last years zijbabwe has been a strong increase in the internal debt approved in i budgets, although this has not happened to worry the legislative confines of the inclusive government.

We could not continue ignoring washing away inefficiency. We see that dollarising was a necessary step to avoid what had turned into a disaster of catastrophic proportions from spiralling into what would have been, and in fact already was, unsustainable levels.