Posted on November 4, 2015 by iMFdirect
By Natalija Novta and Fabiano Rodrigues Bastos
(Versions in Español and Português)
Growth in Latin America and the Caribbean is suffering a double whammy—economic activity has slowed down sharply and the medium-term outlook continues to deteriorate. It is therefore not surprising that policymakers across the region are eagerly searching for ways to revitalize growth.
One answer may be more trade—both within the region and with the rest of the world. Our new study analyzes the export performance in developing and emerging market regions over the past two decades to assess the potential for future export growth in Latin America. We find evidence that most countries in the region “undertrade” compared to what standard models would predict. This has been an entrenched problem for almost a quarter of a century, partly as a result of the region’s geography and a legacy of protectionist policies.
Filed under: Advanced Economies, Economic Crisis, Economic outlook, Economic research, Emerging Markets, Español, Fiscal policy, growth, IMF, International Monetary Fund, Investment, Latin America | Tagged: Argentina, Asia, Brazil, Caribbean, Chile, China, Colombia, Japan, Korea, Latin America, Mexico, oil exporters, Regional Economic Outlook: Western Hemisphere, South America, trade, United States, Venezuela | Leave a comment »
Posted on November 2, 2015 by iMFdirect
By Maurice Obstfeld
How quickly should the United States tighten monetary policy and exit from quantitative easing? Is the neutral real interest rate lower than before the crisis? Should we raise inflation targets? What can we learn from the unconventional policies that emerging markets adopted during the crisis? Are we entering an environment of global deflation? And if so, can the existing central bank toolkit stave off that threat?
Seven years after the crisis, the effects of unconventional monetary policies continue to be a matter of debate. There is little consensus not only about the effectiveness of these policies in promoting aggregate demand, but also about possible unintended side effects on financial stability.
Filed under: Advanced Economies, Economic Crisis, Economic outlook, Economic research, Financial Crisis, IMF, International Monetary Fund, Multilateral Cooperation, Public debt, Reform | Tagged: Ben Bernanke, exchange rate, Federal Reserve, IMF Jacques Polak Research Conference, Jacques Polak, Maurice Obstfeld, Paul Krugman, spillovers, unconventional monetary policy, United States | Leave a comment »
Posted on October 27, 2015 by iMFdirect
By Benedict Clements, Kamil Dybczak, and Mauricio Soto
(Versions in 中文 and 日本語)
Populations are getting older around the world—that’s no surprise in light of declining fertility and improvements in health care. But in many countries, something more dramatic is going on—the population is actually shrinking. These demographic developments portend stark fiscal challenges. What should countries—whatever their degree of economic development—do to respond to these challenges?
Filed under: Advanced Economies, Economic outlook, Economic research, Emerging Markets, Employment, Financial Crisis, Fiscal policy, IMF, International Monetary Fund | Tagged: economic development, health care, life expectancy, public debt, public finances | Leave a comment »
Posted on October 26, 2015 by iMFdirect
By Rabah Arezki, Adnan Mazarei, and Ananthakrishnan Prasad
(Versions in عربي and 中文)
As a result of the oil price plunge, the major oil-exporting countries are facing budget deficits for the first time in years. The growth in the assets of their sovereign wealth funds, which were rising at a rapid rate until recently, is now slowing; some have started drawing on their buffers.
In the short run, this phenomenon is not cause for alarm. Most oil exporters have enough buffers to withstand a temporary drop in oil prices. But what will happen if low oil prices persist, and how will policymakers react?
Filed under: Advanced Economies, Asia, Economic Crisis, Economic outlook, Economic research, Emerging Markets, Fiscal policy, growth, IMF, Inequality, International Monetary Fund, Investment, Middle East | Tagged: GCC, Kuwait, MENA, Middle East, oil exporters, oil prices, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, sovereign funding, sovereign wealth funds, U.S. Federal Reserve, U.S. monetary policy, United Arab Emirates | Leave a comment »
Posted on October 22, 2015 by iMFdirect
By Sonali Jain-Chandra, Kalpana Kochhar, and Monique Newiak
(Versions in عربي, 中文, Français, 日本語, Русский, and Español)
Despite progress, wide gaps between women and men’s economic empowerment and opportunity remain, which policymakers need to tackle urgently. In most countries, more men than women work, and they get paid more for similar work. Also, there are considerable gender gaps in access to education, health and finance in a number of countries. There is mounting evidence that the lack of gender equity imposes large economic costs as it hampers productivity and weighs on growth.
Our new study analyzes the links between these two phenomena—inequality of income and that of gender. We find that gender inequality is strongly associated with income inequality across time and countries of all income groups.
Filed under: Economic Crisis, Economic outlook, Economic research, Emerging Markets, Employment, Fiscal policy, Globalization, IMF, Inequality, International Monetary Fund, Reform | Tagged: developing economies, education, empowering women, gender wage gap, Germany, income inequality, India, inequality, infrastructure, Japan, labor force, tax policy, women labor force participation | Leave a comment »
Posted on October 21, 2015 by iMFdirect
By Carlos Caceres, Yan Carrière-Swallow, and Bertrand Gruss
(Versions in Español and Português)
As the U.S. Federal Reserve prepares to raise policy rates for the first time in almost a decade, Latin America is in the midst of a sharp downturn with unemployment on the rise. In this context, many central banks across the region have kept interest rates low to support economic activity. But can monetary policy stay that way as global rates rise? What will the Fed liftoff imply for the region?
Filed under: Advanced Economies, Economic Crisis, Economic outlook, Economic research, Emerging Markets, Finance, Financial Crisis, Fiscal policy, growth, IMF, Inequality, International Monetary Fund, Latin America | Tagged: interest rates, Latin America, Mexico, monetary policy, Peru, Regional Economic Outlook: Western Hemisphere, spillovers, U.S. Federal Reserve, United States | Leave a comment »
Posted on October 15, 2015 by iMFdirect
According to Plato, you do not really know something unless you can give an account of it. Otherwise, you have just an opinion and not real knowledge. The seminars that took place during the IMF’s Annual Meetings in Lima, Peru would have made Plato proud.
Our editors deployed their pens and notepads and brought back these themes and highlights.
Filed under: Advanced Economies, Annual Meetings, Asia, Economic outlook, Emerging Markets, Financial Crisis, Globalization, IMF, Inequality, International Monetary Fund, Latin America | Tagged: Climate change, commodity prices, economic growth, emerging markets, energy subsidies, financial inclusion, fiscal policy, IMF/World Bank Annual Meetings, oil prices, Peru, structural reforms | Leave a comment »