Blog entries from: iMFdirect - The IMF Blog

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September 15 2014

From iMFdirect - The IMF Blog Mon Sep 15 2014, 11:54:33

By Steven Barnett and Shaun Roache "Shadow" banking: a surprisingly colorful term for our staid economics profession. Intended or not, it conjures images of dark, sinister, and even shady transactions. With a name like "shadow banking" it must be bad. This is unfair. While the profession lacks a uniform definition, the idea is financial intermediation [...]

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September 10 2014

From iMFdirect - The IMF Blog Wed Sep 10 2014, 01:40:33

By Francesco Columba and Jarkko Turunen (Versión en español) After more than five years of exceptionally low interest rates, the U.S. Fed is getting closer to the point of managing a liftoff of policy interest rates from close to zero. As of today, liftoff is expected to take place by around mid-2015. But this is [...]

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September 8 2014

From iMFdirect - The IMF Blog Mon Sep 8 2014, 10:51:48

By Era Dabla-Norris Much of the debate on inequality focuses on its deleterious social and political effects and its impact on growth. But an equally important issue is what policies play a clear role in reducing income inequality. The results of our new study suggest that improvements in education--even more than factors such as government [...]

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September 4 2014

From iMFdirect - The IMF Blog Thu Sep 4 2014, 14:10:37

By iMFDirect As you trudge back to the office or cubie with a little sand still crunching in your backpack, you know the holiday is over. To help you catch up, here are some blogs to re-read to get you back into the swing of things. Remember Europe? I thought so. The European Central Bank [...]

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September 3 2014

From iMFdirect - The IMF Blog Wed Sep 3 2014, 11:36:49

By Doris Ross Three months ago African leaders and policymakers assembled in Mozambique under an "Africa Rising" banner to assess the continent's strong economic performance. But while the outlook for the continent remains strong, individual countries have faced problems and the uncertain global outlook continues to pose risks. Against this backdrop, what are the policies [...]

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September 2 2014

From iMFdirect - The IMF Blog Tue Sep 2 2014, 10:07:02

By Jeff Hayden You can call this this edition of F&D magazine our Bob Dylan issue. It may seem odd for an economics magazine to draw inspiration from the legendary singer/songwriter, but one of his most famous lines, "The times, they are a-changin,'" reverberated through our corridors as we put together this special issue on [...]

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August 28 2014

From iMFdirect - The IMF Blog Thu Aug 28 2014, 12:00:26

By Deniz Igan  (Version in Español) Something unusual happened this year. For the first time in almost ten years, a book by an economist made it to Amazon's Top 10 list. Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century captured the attention of people from all walks of life because it echoed what an increasing number [...]

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August 14 2014

From iMFdirect - The IMF Blog Thu Aug 14 2014, 15:00:24

By Stephan Danninger  Japan's GDP declined by almost 7 percent in the second quarter, more than many had forecast including us here at the IMF.  Many cite the increase in the sales tax this April for this decline.  But that is not the full story. Yes, it is true that consumer responses to major tax increases are [...]

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August 7 2014

From iMFdirect - The IMF Blog Thu Aug 7 2014, 11:20:39

By Ravi Balakrishnan (Version in Español) It's not supposed to be this way. As the U.S. economy recovers, hirings increase and people are encouraged to look for jobs again. Instead, the ratio of the adult population with jobs, or looking for one--what's called the labor force participation rate--has been falling, standing at 62.9 percent in [...]

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August 5 2014

From iMFdirect - The IMF Blog Tue Aug 5 2014, 11:55:46

By Ruud de Mooij and Ikuo Saito It is no surprise that, as part of its revised growth strategy presented in June, the Japanese government has announced it will reduce the corporate income tax rate. At more than 35 percent for most businesses, the Japanese rate is one of the highest among the industrialized countries [...]

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