Blog entries from: iMFdirect - The IMF Blog

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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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August 1 2014

From iMFdirect - The IMF Blog Fri Aug 1 2014, 10:45:58

By Aasim M. Husain, Anna Ilyina and Li Zeng The conflict in Ukraine and the related imposition of sanctions against Russia signal an escalation of geopolitical tensions that is already being felt in the Russian financial markets (Chart 1). A deterioration in the conflict, with or even without a further escalation of sanctions and counter-sanctions, [...]

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From iMFdirect - The IMF Blog Fri Aug 1 2014, 10:45:19

By Alberto Behar The countries of the Caucasus and Central Asia (CCA) are closely linked with Russia through trade, financial, and labor market channels. These ties have served the region well in recent years, helping it make significant economic gains when times were good. But how is the region affected when Russia's economy slows down? [...]

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July 31 2014

From iMFdirect - The IMF Blog Thu Jul 31 2014, 10:40:33

By Ian Parry Energy plays a critical role in the functioning of modern economies. At the same time, it's at the heart of many of today's pressing environmental concerns--from global warming (predicted to reach around 3-4 degrees Celsius by the end of the century) and outdoor air pollution (causing over three million premature deaths a year) [...]

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July 29 2014

From iMFdirect - The IMF Blog Tue Jul 29 2014, 12:15:24

By Hamid Faruqee Global interest rates will eventually move higher. We do not know precisely when,  how fast, or how far, but we do know the direction. After a long period of very low interest rates following the global financial crisis, some central banks (mainly, the U.S. Federal Reserve and the Bank of England) are [...]

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July 28 2014

From iMFdirect - The IMF Blog Mon Jul 28 2014, 10:37:12

By Ruy Lama House prices are rising rapidly in the UK at an annual rate of 10.5 percent. House price inflation is particularly high in London (20 percent per year), and it is gradually accelerating in the rest of the country. The recent increases in house prices have been getting a lot of attention, and [...]

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July 24 2014

From iMFdirect - The IMF Blog Thu Jul 24 2014, 11:30:52

By Olivier Blanchard The recovery continues, but it remains weak, indeed a bit weaker than we forecast in April. We have revised our forecast for world growth in 2014 from 3.7 percent in April to 3.4 percent today. This headline number makes things look worse than they really are. To a large extent, it reflects [...]

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