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Moving On Up: The Growth Story of Frontier Economies NEW
iMFdirect 2 Days, 1 Hour, 5 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 3 Days, 4 Hours, 36 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 Week, 22 Hours, 31 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 Week, 2 Days, 42 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 Week, 3 Days, 2 Hours, 33 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 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 2 Hours, 14 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 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 2 Hours, 33 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 3 Weeks, 3 Days, 2 Hours, 5 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 4 Weeks, 1 Day, 2 Hours, 16 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 1 Month, 15 Hours, 53 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 1 Month, 5 Days, 16 Hours, 33 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...
Mind the Dragon: Latin America’s Exposure to China NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 6 Days, 14 Hours, 41 Minutes ago
By Bertrand Gruss and Fabiano Rodrigues Bastos and  (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 expandi...
Portfolio Investment in Emerging Markets: More Than Just Ebb and Flow NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 1 Week, 3 Days, 9 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
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...
25 Years of Transition NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 1 Week, 3 Days, 15 Hours, 19 Minutes ago
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 capita...
Top Five Policy Priorities to Brighten America’s Economic Future NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 1 Week, 5 Days, 9 Hours, 42 Minutes ago
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...
A Downturn Without Layoffs? Reconciling Growth And Labor Markets In Latin America NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 12 Hours, 33 Minutes ago
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...
Infrastructure Investment: Part of Africa’s Solution NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 10 Hours, 45 Minutes ago
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 cle...
Does Raising the Minimum Wage Hurt Employment? Evidence from China NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 18 Hours, 11 Minutes ago
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...
Natural Gas: The New Gold NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 16 Hours, 17 Minutes ago
By Rabah Arezki Natural gas is creating a new reality for economies around the world.  Three major developments of the past few years have thrust natural gas into the spotlight: the shale gas revolution in the United States, the reduction in nuc...
Banks Should Help, Not Hinder the Economy NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 4 Weeks, 16 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
By Will Kerry and Andrea Maechler  Banks are struggling to overhaul the way they do business given new realities and new regulations adopted in the aftermath of the global financial crisis. While banks are generally stronger—they have more...