Posted on March 23, 2017 by iMFdirect
By Tobias Adrian and Maurice Obstfeld
Economic growth appears to be strengthening across the large economies, but that does not mean financial-sector regulation can now be relaxed. On the contrary, it remains more necessary than ever, as does international cooperation to ensure the safety and resilience of global capital markets. That is why the Group of Twenty (G20) finance ministers and central bank governors reiterated their support for continuing financial-sector reform at their meeting in Baden-Baden last week. Continue reading
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Posted on March 14, 2017 by iMFdirect
By Christine Lagarde
Versions in: عربي (Arabic), 中文 (Chinese), Français (French), Deutsch (German), 日本語 (Japanese), Русский (Russian), and Español (Spanish)
Baden-Baden, the German spa town built on ancient thermal springs, is a fitting venue to discuss the health of the global economy during this week’s meeting of the Group of Twenty finance ministers and central bank governors.
Policymakers will likely share a sense of growing optimism, because the recent strengthening of activity suggests that the world economy may finally snap out of its multi-year convalescence. Continue reading
Filed under: Advanced Economies, G-20, growth, IMF, Investment, jobs, technology, U.S. | Tagged: China, Christine Lagarde, cross-border linkages, economic integration, euro area, G20, GDP, global economy, IMF, iMFdirect blog, inclusive growth, India, inequality, Japan, labor market reforms, Migration, spillover effects, tax reform, technology, United States | Leave a comment »
Posted on February 28, 2017 by iMFdirect
By Camilla Lund Andersen
Deep unease about rising inequality and stagnating living standards in advanced economies was at the heart of the 2016 political upheaval. Globalization and trade have been blamed, but entrenched slow growth—what economists call secular stagnation—may be the real culprit. Parents who took for granted that their children would enjoy a brighter future had their dreams dashed by the global financial crisis of 2008. Nine years later, rising populism and a return to nationalist, inward-looking policies threaten to unravel the postwar economic order. Continue reading
Filed under: Advanced Economies, developing countries, Emerging Markets, Globalization, growth, IMF, Inequality, trade | Tagged: economic growth, Finance & Development. F&D, GDP, global financial crisis, Globalization, IMF, iMFdirect blog, income distribution, inequality, nationalism, population aging, population growth, populism, secular stagnation, trade, youth | Leave a comment »
Posted on February 24, 2017 by iMFdirect
“If we’re fighting each other because we can’t design a system that actually works for everybody, then working people will again continue to mistrust our institutions, and the threat to democracy is very real; you see it.” – Sharan Burrow
Burrow is General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation, and in this podcast she says collective action is needed to help better distribute the benefits of growth. Continue reading
Filed under: Gender issues, Globalization, IMF, jobs, labor force, trade, unemployment, wages | Tagged: employment, gender, Globalization, growth, iMFdirect blog, infrastructure investment, ITUC, jobs, Labor, labor force, Sharan Burrow, trade, unemployment, wages, women, youth unemployment | Leave a comment »
Posted on January 31, 2017 by iMFdirect
By Rabah Arezki
Agriculture and food markets are plagued with inefficiencies that have dramatic consequences for the welfare of the world’s most vulnerable populations. Globally, farm subsidies amount to over $560 billion a year—equivalent to nearly four times the aid given to developing countries by richer ones. Major emerging-market nations have increased subsidies rapidly, even as rich nations cut theirs drastically. Meanwhile, tariffs on farm products remain a major point of contention in global trade talks.
One third of global food production goes to waste, while food insecurity is still rampant in developing countries. Even with the explosion of agricultural productivity since the middle of the 20th century, food security remains a challenge for much of the developing world. Food-calorie production will have to expand by 70 percent by 2050 to keep up with a global population that’s forecast to grow to 9.7 billion from last year’s 7.3 billion. Food insecurity can lead to violence and conflicts that can spill over well beyond borders. Continue reading
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Posted on January 24, 2017 by iMFdirect
By Prakash Loungani
Versions in 中文 (Chinese), Français (French), and Español (Spanish)
Four years ago, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde warned of the dangers of rising inequality, a topic that has now risen to the very top of the global policy agenda.
While the IMF’s work on inequality has attracted the most attention, it is one of several new areas into which the institution has branched out in recent years. A unifying framework for all this work can be summarized in two words: Inclusive growth. Continue reading
Filed under: Economic research, Globalization, growth, IMF, inclusive growth, Inequality | Tagged: Christine Lagarde, financial globalization, financial inclusion, gender, global policy agenda, governance, growth, IMF, iMFdirect blog, inclusive growth, inequality, International Monetary Fund, jobs, redistribution | Leave a comment »
Posted on January 11, 2017 by iMFdirect
New York Times columnist and best-selling author Thomas Friedman says our lives are being transformed in so many realms at once—it’s dizzying.
“We’re in the middle of 3 accelerations; the market, mother nature, and Moore’s law. Moore’s law says the power of microchips will double every 24 months, mother nature is climate change, biodiversity loss and population, and the market is digital globalization.” Continue reading
Filed under: Advanced Economies, climate change, Globalization, health, IMF, International Monetary Fund, technology | Tagged: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations, change, data, New York Times, technology, Thank You for Being Late, Thomas Friedman | Leave a comment »