IMF’s recent report overestimates economic growth in Iran

The recent report of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), most likely based on data provided by the Iranian government, overestimates the economic growth and underestimates the actual rate of inflation in Iran, experts believe.

“It is near impossible, without serious economic declines, to have massive subsidies taken away from the population of a country and not have inflation except when prices are controlled, which is just another way of delaying the inevitable inflation,” Paul Sullivan, Professor of Economics at the U.S. National Defense University and Georgetown University, wrote Trend in an email.

On Thursday, August 4, the IMF published a report saying Iran’s economic growth has accelerated and cuts in subsidies have been achieved without sharp increases in inflation, improving the outlook for further gains, Bloomberg reported.

Growth accelerated to 3.2 percent in 2010-2011 from 0.6 percent…

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