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More Jobs That Pay Decent Wages: How To Fight Poverty In The United States NEW
iMFdirect 4 Days, 2 Hours, 37 Minutes ago
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 cap...
Structural Reforms Can Help Japan’s Post-Consumption Tax Blues NEW
iMFdirect 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 23 Hours, 37 Minutes ago
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...
U.S. Labor Force: Where Have All the Workers Gone? NEW
iMFdirect 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 3 Hours, 16 Minutes ago
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...
Can Japan Afford to Cut Its Corporate Tax? NEW
iMFdirect 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 2 Hours, 41 Minutes ago
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 Jap...
Europe’s Russian Connections NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 17 Hours, 51 Minutes ago
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 deterior...
Links and Levers: How the Caucasus and Central Asia Are Tied to Russia NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 17 Hours, 52 Minutes ago
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 gai...
Too Much At Stake: Moving Ahead with Energy Price Reforms NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 1 Day, 17 Hours, 57 Minutes ago
By Ian Parry (Versions in Español, 中文, Français, and Русский) Energy plays a critical role in the functioning of modern economies. At the same time, it&rsq...
Should We Worry About Higher Interest Rates? NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 3 Days, 16 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
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 ce...
Managing Housing Market Risks in the United Kingdom NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 4 Days, 18 Hours ago
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...
The Slow Recovery Continues NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 1 Week, 1 Day, 17 Hours, 6 Minutes ago
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 l...
Euro Area: An Unbalanced Rebalancing? NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 1 Week, 3 Days, 17 Hours, 31 Minutes ago
By John Bluedorn and Shengzu Wang Since the financial crisis, the euro area current account, made up mostly of the trade balances of the individual countries, has moved from rough balance into a clear surplus. But the underlying rebalancing across ec...
Asia’s Seismic Shift: How Can the Financial Sector Serve Better? NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 1 Week, 4 Days, 14 Hours, 37 Minutes ago
By Min Zhu Asia is set to be the powerhouse for growth in the next decade, just as it was in the last one. The size of its economy is expected to expand more rapidly than the other regions of the world, and its share in the world output is expected t...
Fiscal Policy’s Evolving Role NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 18 Hours, 6 Minutes ago
Fiscal policy makers have faced an extraordinarily challenging environment over the last few years. At the outset of the global financial crisis, the IMF for the first time advocated a fiscal expansion across all countries able to afford it, a seemin...
Euro Area – Q&A on QE NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 18 Hours, 32 Minutes ago
By Reza Moghadam and Ranjit Teja  As inflation has sunk in the euro area, talk of quantitative easing (QE)—and misgivings about it—have soared. Some think QE is not needed; others that it would not work; and yet others that it only c...
Slowdown in Emerging Markets: Not Just a Hiccup NEW
iMFdirect 2 Months, 6 Days, 3 Hours, 25 Minutes ago
By Evridiki Tsounta and Kalpana Kochhar  Emerging market economies have been experiencing strong growth, with annual growth for the period 2000-12 averaging 4¾ percent per year—a full percentage point higher than in the previous two...
Fixing International Corporate Taxation—Not Just a Problem for Advanced Economies NEW
iMFdirect 2 Months, 1 Week, 8 Hours, 30 Minutes ago
By Michael Keen It’s hard to pick up a newspaper these days (or, more likely for readers of blogs, to skim one online) without finding another story about some multinational corporation managing, as if by magic, to pay little corporate tax. Wha...
What a Drag: The Burden of Nonperforming Loans on Credit in the Euro Area NEW
iMFdirect 2 Months, 1 Week, 2 Days, 7 Hours, 17 Minutes ago
By Will Kerry, Jean Portier, Luigi Ruggerone and Constant Verkoren  High and rising levels of nonperforming loans in the euro area have burdened bank balance sheets and acted as a drag on bank profits. Banks, striving to maintain provisions to c...
Emerging Market Corporate Sector Debt: A Stitch in Time Could Save Billions NEW
iMFdirect 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 7 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
By Julian Chow and Shamir Tanna Much has been said lately about growing private sector debt in emerging market economies. In our recent analysis, we examined the corporate sector in a number of countries and found their rising levels of debt could ma...
Era of Benign Neglect of House Price Booms is Over NEW
iMFdirect 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Hours, 32 Minutes ago
By Min Zhu (Version in 中文) House prices are inching up.  But is this a cause for much cheer?  Or are we watching the same movie again? Recall how after a decade-long boom, house prices started to fall in 2006, first in th...
Managing the revenue from natural resources—what’s a Finance Minister to do? NEW
iMFdirect 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, 2 Hours, 6 Minutes ago
By Sanjeev Gupta and Enrique Flores The Finance Minister answers her mobile. On the line is the Minister of Energy, who informs her that the country has struck oil and that he expects revenues from its sale to start flowing into the budget in the com...