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1 Prospects and Reform After the Great Recession Zeljko Bogetic Lead Economist and Coordinator for Economic Policy for Russia Presentation based on the Russian Economic Report No. 21 (www.worldbank.org/ru)www.worldbank.org/ru Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Washington D.C. May 4, 2010

2 I.The nascent recovery: Russia and the world II.Russias economic and social outlook for III.Some lessons IV.Prospects for reform and growth

3 RUSSIAS SCORECARD DURING THE GREAT RECESSION

4 In 2009, global recovery led by strong growth in emerging and developing countries

5 Global growth momentum is reflected in the rebound of external trade

6 Capital flows started 2010 on a firm note, boosted by a surge in bond issuance

7 Sovereign CDS spreads have come down significantly

8 Oil market fundamentals are tightening but oil prices expected to remain stable.

9 Policy challenges at the global level The outlook remains clouded by uncertainties and the challenge of unwinding the stimulus Tighter financial conditions, lower levels of finance than before the crisis Countries may seek to insulate themselves from global financial markets and increase the role of domestic and regional alternatives

10 After a 7.9 percent contraction in 2009, recovery under way. The industrial production, however, is lagging behind the recovery in GDP Russias nascent recovery

11 Labor hoarding has moderating the loss of employment An increase in part-time employment and involuntary vacations as a temporary adjustment. Figure 1.4: Involuntary vacations and part-time employment, thousands

12 But unemployment remains high, especially among young males in cities Figure 1.5: Dynamics and structure of unemployment

13 The recession seems to have had some equalizing impact on measured income distribution Figure 1.6: Growth incidence curve, Source: ROSSTAT; World Bank staff estimates. But wage adjustments in seem to have reduced inequality in the overall wage distribution.

14 More flexible exchange rate, easing of monetary conditions, but no significant lending Source: CBR; World Bank staff estimates.

15 Fiscal policy––benefitting from the oil price recovery and buoyancy of VAT revenues Table 1.6: Consolidated budget: revenues, expenditures, and the fiscal surplus, Source: Ministry of Finance, Economic Expert Group.

16 II. Economic and Social Outlook for Russia, Table 1.7: Outlook for Russia, Source: World Bank projections.

17 Growth will be predominantly driven by recovery of domestic demand and the base effect, reflecting a very low base of the first two quarters of 2009

18 Before the crisis, high GDP growth was accompanied by moderate employment growth

19 But, during the crisis, most countries experienced GDP declines and massive employment losses.

20 The economic recovery in is likely to have a limited impact on employment growth

21 Governments interventions aimed at a broader middle class, rather than only the poor, Figure 1.14 Projected impact of the crisis on the poverty rate, percentage of people with income level below minimum subsistence, Source: World Bank staff estimates based on aggregate output forecast and household survey data on employment and incomes.

22 Investment climate issues: something old, something new

23 III. Some tentative lessons for Russia Prudent fiscal policy--center stage as a macroeconomic stabilization tool Exchange rate flexibility helps against the backdrop of oil price volatility Macro-prudential view of the financial sector Importance of targeted social safety nets and automatic stabilizers. Post-crisis world will likely require countries to do more to improve their investment climates The crisis has provided an opportunity for reform and impetus to rethink and accelerate public sector, financial sector, and diversification reforms

24 Prospects for reform and growth Fiscal adjustment Public sector Infrastructure Financial sector Social sector reform (skills) Investment climate Trade Diversification and innovation Two possible growth paths: –Medium growth 3-4% per year –High growth 6%

25 Thank you!


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