ANALYZING IMF'S STRUCTURAL ADJUSTMENT PROGRAMS IN PAKISTAN: UNVEILING TRADE-OFFS AND ECONOMIC DYNAMICS
With a focus on evaluating the trade-offs of IMF's structural adjustment programs in Pakistan, this study strives to shed light on the complex relationship between economic stability and international financial assistance. Through a multi-faceted analysis of available data and expert insights, the paper delves into the impact of IMF's policies on various indicators of economic well-being in Pakistan, providing a nuanced and evidence-based understanding of the country's experience with these programs. Using a combination of data from different sources, the study found that while IMF's Structural Adjustment Programs (SAPs) have had a positive effect on reducing Pakistan's fiscal deficit, the balance of payments, and inflation, they have also led to significant negative consequences. The study attempts to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the impact of SAPs on the economy of Pakistan while considering the trade-offs between the short-term gains and long-term consequences of these policies. It is also important to consider the broader economic, political, and social context in which these policies are implemented.