Blog entries from: iMFdirect - The IMF Blog

The International Monetary Fund's interactive global economy forum

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November 19 2014

From iMFdirect - The IMF Blog Wed Nov 19 2014, 10:17:09

By Davide Furceri and Prakash Loungani Unemployment is a global problem. If the unemployed formed their own country, it would be the fifth largest in the world. Of the nearly 200 million people around the world looking for work, half are in emerging markets and about a quarter in advanced economies, reflecting the growing weight [...]

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November 17 2014

From iMFdirect - The IMF Blog Mon Nov 17 2014, 10:40:48

By Min Zhu The world's central bankers are certainly in the news these days. Not a week goes by without the Fed, the European Central Bank or the Bank of Japan taking big and often unprecedented actions to fight deflation, preserve financial stability, or address mediocre growth. We tend to forget, however, that these are [...]

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November 12 2014

From iMFdirect - The IMF Blog Wed Nov 12 2014, 10:00:10

By Olivier Blanchard, Luc Laeven and Esteban Vesperoni The global crisis--which challenged paradigms about the functioning of financial markets and had significant consequences in other markets--and the sluggish recovery since 2009, are a reminder of the importance of understanding interconnections and risks in the global economy. The increasing trend in global trade, and even more [...]

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November 11 2014

From iMFdirect - The IMF Blog Tue Nov 11 2014, 11:52:29

By Fabiano Rodrigues Bastos and Bertrand Gruss (version in Español and Português) China is still a distant and exotic country in the mind of many people in Latin America. Yet, with the Asian giant rapidly expanding its ties with the region (the share of exports going to China is now ten times larger than in 2000), their economic fates [...]

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November 7 2014

From iMFdirect - The IMF Blog Fri Nov 7 2014, 17:11:49

By Evan Papageorgiou When the U.S. Federal Reserve first mentioned in 2013 the prospect of a cutback in its bond buying program, markets had a "taper tantrum." Many emerging markets saw large increases in volatility, even though outflows from their domestic markets were small and short-lived. Now the Fed has ended its bond buying and [...]

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From iMFdirect - The IMF Blog Fri Nov 7 2014, 11:14:01

By iMFdirect What a difference 25 years can make. The fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989 was  a day that changed world history and transformed Europe. Central and Eastern Europe embarked on a historic transition from communism to capitalism and democracy. We thought this landmark anniversary was a good time to look [...]

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November 5 2014

From iMFdirect - The IMF Blog Wed Nov 5 2014, 16:50:56

By Deniz Igan (version in Español) There was a time in the not-so-distant past when science fiction could make us look forward to a better world. We had uplifting visions of the future in shows like Star Trek and Back to the Future. Today, the menu of options only offers a dystopian world ruined by [...]

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October 29 2014

From iMFdirect - The IMF Blog Wed Oct 29 2014, 15:00:32

By Bertrand Gruss  (version in Español) It looks as if labor markets in Latin America have not been following the economic news--literally! Economic activity has slowed markedly in the last three years, with some South American countries slipping into outright recession more recently. Yet, labor markets still appear remarkably strong, with unemployment rates, in particular, hovering [...]

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October 28 2014

From iMFdirect - The IMF Blog Tue Oct 28 2014, 16:48:23

By Antoinette M. Sayeh Tremendous efforts are under way to upgrade sub-Saharan Africa's infrastructure. But the needs on the ground are still immense as evidenced by the frequent electricity blackouts, poor roads, and insufficient access to clean water in many countries. Infrastructure is one of the key challenges facing policymakers in the region--I experienced it [...]

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October 23 2014

From iMFdirect - The IMF Blog Thu Oct 23 2014, 09:46:13

By Prakash Loungani (version in 中文) Raising the minimum wage is a polarizing issue. One side worries that raising it will lower employment. The other side downplays the impact on employment and plays up the positive impact on the living standards of the poor. Both sides are able to cling to their beliefs as the [...]

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