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Learning to Live with Cheaper Oil in the Middle East NEW
iMFdirect 3 Days, 8 Hours, 19 Minutes ago
By Masood Ahmed (Version in عربي) The steep decline in global oil prices, by 55 percent since last September, has changed the economic dynamics of oil exporters in the Middle East and North Africa. Our update of the Regional E...
(Yet) Another Year of Subpar Growth: Latin America and the Caribbean in 2015 NEW
iMFdirect 4 Days, 10 Hours, 18 Minutes ago
By Alejandro Werner (version in Español and Português) The turn of the year usually brings a fresh dose of optimism. Yet, worries dominate across much of Latin America and the Caribbean today, as 2015 marks yet another yea...
Global Economy Faces Strong and Complex Cross Currents NEW
iMFdirect 6 Days, 6 Hours, 32 Minutes ago
By Olivier Blanchard The world economy is facing strong and complex cross currents.  On the one hand, major economies are benefiting from the decline in the price of oil.  On the other, in many parts of the world, lower long run prospects a...
Battling Global Unemployment: Too Soon to Declare Victory NEW
iMFdirect 1 Week, 4 Days, 12 Hours, 1 Minute ago
By Prakash Loungani Seven years after the onset of the Great Recession, the global unemployment rate has returned to its pre-crisis level: the jobless rate fell to 5.6% in 2014; essentially the same as in 2007, the year before the recession (chart 1,...
Inclusive Growth=Stability NEW
iMFdirect 1 Week, 6 Days, 10 Hours, 13 Minutes ago
By iMFdirect In the end, the case for job rich, inclusive growth is not economic, it’s political, according to Nobel prize-winning economist Michael Spence. In this podcast with the IMF, Spence discusses the growing sense in many countries that...
Housing Bubbles: An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure NEW
iMFdirect 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 10 Hours, 3 Minutes ago
By Kevin Fletcher and Peter Kunzel The main features of boom-bust cycles in housing markets are by now all too familiar. During booms, conditions such as lax lending standards and low interest rates help drive up house prices and with them mortg...
The Top Ten Blogs of 2014 NEW
iMFdirect 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 10 Hours, 35 Minutes ago
by iMFdirect As 2014 draws to a close, we thought you might like a look back at the most read blogs of the year.  These are the headlines and ideas that caught your eyes and the list is based on readership.  We thought we’d pull them...
Seven Questions About The Recent Oil Price Slump NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 4 Days, 2 Hours, 49 Minutes ago
By Rabah Arezki and Olivier Blanchard[1] Oil prices have plunged recently, affecting everyone: producers, exporters, governments, and consumers.  Overall, we see this as a shot in the arm for the global economy. Bearing in mind that our simulati...
What Happens to Public Health Spending in IMF-Supported Programs? Another Look NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 4 Days, 17 Hours, 32 Minutes ago
By Benedict Clements, Sanjeev Gupta, and Masahiro Nozaki Improvements in health can have a tremendously positive effect on society’s well-being and the level of economic activity. Indeed, 2013’s path-breaking report by the Lancet Commissi...
Moving On Up: The Growth Story of Frontier Economies NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 1 Week, 2 Days, 23 Hours, 48 Minutes ago
By Min Zhu The growth story for frontier economies isn’t the same as China’s in the last two decades, or the United States a hundred years ago.  These fast growing, low-income countries have their own story, and it’s not what y...
Turkey’s Recipe to Escape the Middle-Income Trap NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 1 Week, 4 Days, 3 Hours, 19 Minutes ago
By Gregorio Impavido and Uffe Mikkelsen Turkey is going through a time of economic transition, with slowing growth that risks the country being caught in a “middle-income trap,” unable to join the ranks of high income economies.  The...
Managing House Price Booms in Emerging Markets NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 21 Hours, 14 Minutes ago
By Min Zhu For the past decade, house prices have steadily increased in the vast majority of the 30 countries that make up the IMF’s House Price Index for Emerging Markets released today at a conference organized by the IMF and the Indian Insti...
Emerging Markets & Volatility: Lessons from the Taper Tantrum NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 23 Hours, 24 Minutes ago
By Ratna Sahay and Preya Sharma You may hear a sigh of relief from emerging market watchers as we approach the end of the year. Yet, against the backdrop of a prolonged period of low interest rates in advanced economies, huge capital flows, and a slo...
The First Wealth NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 1 Hour, 16 Minutes ago
By Jeff Hayden “The first wealth is health,” American philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote in 1860.­ Emerson’s quote, cited by Harvard economist and health expert David E. Bloom in Finance and Development’s lead article,...
Unlocking Latin America’s Huge Potential NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 56 Minutes ago
By Christine Lagarde (version in Español and Português) I am looking forward to being in Peru this week to discuss economic and social developments with the government and a wide range of stakeholders—and also to fol...
Challenges Ahead: Managing Spillovers NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 4 Weeks, 2 Days, 1 Hour, 16 Minutes ago
By Olivier Blanchard, Luc Laeven, and Esteban Vesperoni The last five years have been a reminder of the importance of interconnections and risks in the global economy. They have triggered intense discussions on the optimal way to combine fiscal, mone...
Acting Collectively: A Better Way to Restructure Government Debt NEW
iMFdirect 2 Months, 1 Day, 14 Hours, 47 Minutes ago
By Sean Hagan  (version in Español) To restructure or not to restructure? That is a question few governments would like to face. Yet, if a country does find itself with an unsustainable debt burden, one way or another, it will have to be...
Growth: An Essential Part of a Cure for Unemployment NEW
iMFdirect 2 Months, 6 Days, 14 Hours, 59 Minutes ago
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...
Building a Camaraderie of Central Bankers: How Monetary Policymakers in the Caucasus and Central Asia Can Learn From Each Other NEW
iMFdirect 2 Months, 1 Week, 1 Day, 14 Hours, 35 Minutes ago
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 st...
Understanding Spillovers NEW
iMFdirect 2 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 15 Hours, 16 Minutes ago
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 r...