Posted on November 11, 2011 by iMFdirect
By Evridiki Tsounta
(Version in Español)
If housing and labor market woes aren’t bad enough in the United States, they’re hurting Central America and the Caribbean too.
It has been five years since the U.S. housing bubble burst and three years since the onset of the global financial crisis. And still, in the world’s largest economy—which in the past quickly and vigorously recovered from downturns—jobs and output are barely growing. In fact, output is just 1.6 percent higher than a year ago, and almost 14 million people remain unemployed.
True, some of this lackluster economic performance reflects global factors, particularly the uncertainty surrounding the lingering European crisis, but also temporary factors related to the Japanese earthquake. However, on the domestic front, fragile household balance sheets and stubbornly high unemployment have been major factors impeding growth. This latter development is having negative spillovers on many Central American and Caribbean countries, where remittances and tourism flows from workers in the United States are important for their economies (see our most recent Regional Economic Outlook for Western Hemisphere).
Filed under: Employment, growth, International Monetary Fund, Latin America | Tagged: economic growth, export diversification, homeowners, housing market, IMF, iMFdirect, International Monetary Fund, labor market, mortgage refinance, Regional Economic Outlook: Western Hemisphere, remittances, unemployment, unemployment rate | 2 Comments »
Posted on November 1, 2011 by iMFdirect
By Gustavo Adler and Sebastián Sosa
(Version in Español)
As a commodity exporting region, Latin America has greatly benefited from the commodity price boom of the past decade. But with talk of a new global recession, what will happen to the region if the boom turns to bust?
The IMF’s latest Regional Economic Outlook: Western Hemisphere sheds light on Latin America’s reliance on commodities from a historical perspective. Our study also looks at the effect of a sharp decline in commodity prices on emerging market economies and on the policies that could shield countries from that shock.
More dependent but also more diversified
The reliance on commodity exports can be looked at as a share of GDP (commodity dependence) as well as relative to total exports of goods and services (export diversification). Continue reading
Filed under: Economic outlook, International Monetary Fund, Latin America | Tagged: commodity prices, export diversification, exports, IMF, iMFdirect, International Monetary Fund, Regional Economic Outlook: Western Hemisphere | 4 Comments »
Posted on October 25, 2011 by iMFdirect
By Anoop Singh
With economic growth expected to continue at a reasonably good clip this year and next, it’s all too easy to think there’s not much to worry about. Even as Diwali celebrations begin across India, the outlook for the world economy is fairly uneven and uncertain. More worrisome than the subdued global growth outlook, risks are building up especially in Europe—and these include an extreme scenario with financial disruption.
Although India’s economy has generally been less prone to external forces than many others, we still need to contend with the larger than typical risks in the global economy. These risks harken the need for a new wave of reforms.
What does the more somber darker global outlook mean for India? And exactly what policies are needed? Continue reading
Filed under: Asia, Economic Crisis, Economic outlook, Emerging Markets, International Monetary Fund | Tagged: domestic demand, economic growth, expenditure reform, export diversification, external risks, financial integration, financial shocks, fiscal consolidation, IMF, iMFdirect, inflation, International Monetary Fund, Regional Economic Outlook: Asia, Regional Economic Outlook: Asia and Pacific, spillovers, stock market, transmission channel | 4 Comments »