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Building A Monetary Union in Africa NEW
iMFdirect 1 Day, 22 Hours, 42 Minutes ago
By iMFdirect It’s like the European Union but for East Africa. In this podcast by the IMF, find out how Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi stand to benefit from the creation of the East African Community.  There will be...
Down But Not Out NEW
iMFdirect 3 Days, 20 Hours, 31 Minutes ago
By Jeff Hayden We drew our inspiration for Finance & Development‘s cover from Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry murals at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Rivera, a Mexican artist, was commissioned in 1932 to paint the 27-panel...
Fiscal Impact of Lower Oil Prices on Latin America and the Caribbean NEW
iMFdirect 1 Week, 21 Hours, 6 Minutes ago
By Robert Rennhack and Fabián Valencia (version in Español and Português) The plunge in world oil prices—from $105 to about $50 per barrel since mid-2014—has been a boon for oil-importing countries, whil...
Fiscal Impact of Lower Oil Prices on Latin America and the Caribbean NEW
iMFdirect 1 Week, 1 Day, 16 Hours, 2 Minutes ago
By Robert Rennhack and Fabián Valencia (version in Español and Português) The plunge in world oil prices—from $105 to about $50 per barrel since mid-2014—has been a boon for oil-importing countries, whil...
Fiscal Arrangements in Federations: Four Lessons for Europe NEW
iMFdirect 1 Week, 1 Day, 16 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
By Martine Guerguil  Does the European Union need closer fiscal integration, and in particular a stronger fiscal center, to become more resilient to economic shocks? A new IMF book, Designing a European Fiscal Union: Lessons from the Experience...
Fair Play—Equal Laws for Equal Working Opportunity for Women NEW
iMFdirect 1 Week, 3 Days, 22 Hours, 9 Minutes ago
By Christine Lagarde  Leveling the legal playing field for women holds real promise for the world—in both human and economic terms. Unfortunately, that promise remains largely ignored and its potential untapped. In too many countries,...
Investment in the Euro Area: Why Has It Been So Weak? NEW
iMFdirect 2 Weeks, 22 Hours, 21 Minutes ago
By Bergljot Bjørnson Barkbu, S. Pelin Berkmen, and Hanni Schölermann Investment in the euro area, and particularly private investment, has not recovered since the onset of the global financial crisis. In fact, the decl...
Warning—Falling (U.S. Treasury) Objects NEW
iMFdirect 3 Weeks, 22 Hours, 26 Minutes ago
By Nigel Chalk and Jarkko Turunen The remarkable collapse in the price of oil—a key global price that has virtually halved in the space of just a few months—has received a lot of attention lately. Meanwhile, another significant shift has...
How Can Egypt Achieve Economic Stability and Better Living Standards Together? NEW
iMFdirect 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 20 Hours, 45 Minutes ago
By Christopher Jarvis  Egypt currently faces what may seem to be conflicting objectives. On the one hand, there’s an urgent need to restore economic stability—by achieving lower budget deficits, public debt and inflation, and adequat...
Time to Act on the G-20 Agenda: The Global Economy Will Thank You NEW
iMFdirect 4 Weeks, 1 Hour, 26 Minutes ago
By Christine Lagarde Implementation, investment, and inclusiveness: these three policy goals will dominate the G-20 agenda this year, including the first meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors in Istanbul next week. As Turkish P...
Disinflation in EU Countries outside the Eurozone NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 1 Day, 12 Hours, 26 Minutes ago
By Plamen Iossifov and Jiri Podpiera Inflation has been falling sharply across Europe since 2012 (see Charts 1 and 2). Across Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), inflation expectations have also drifted down especially among countries who peg thei...
A Big Step Forward for Bolstering Financial Inclusion NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 6 Days, 16 Hours, 9 Minutes ago
By David Marston, Era Dabla-Norris, and D. Filiz Unsal Economists are paying increasing attention to the link between financial inclusion—greater availability of and access to financial services—and economic development. In a new paper, w...
What’s not to love about free data NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 1 Week, 1 Day, 8 Hours, 45 Minutes ago
By iMFdirect The IMF has released a new, free online data tool. You can find all sorts of good stuff: from budget numbers to balance of payments data, debt statistics to critical global indicators.  Good data supports good policy choices. With r...
Learning to Live with Cheaper Oil in the Middle East NEW
iMFdirect 1 Month, 1 Week, 5 Days, 9 Hours, 29 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 1 Month, 1 Week, 6 Days, 11 Hours, 29 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 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 7 Hours, 42 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 Month, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 13 Hours, 12 Minutes 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 Month, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 11 Hours, 24 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 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 11 Hours, 14 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 2 Months, 4 Days, 1 Hour, 45 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...