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  • Smart Fiscal Policy Will Help Jobs

    Global unemployment currently exceeds 200 million people. An additional 13 million people are expected to be unemployed by 2018.

  • Can Japan Afford to Cut Its Corporate Tax?

    At a time when Japan needs to boost economic growth, the corporate income tax rate is generally seen as the country’s most growth-distortive tax.

  • Too Much At Stake: Moving Ahead with Energy Price Reforms

    In a new IMF book, we look at precisely how policymakers can strike the right balance between the substantial economic benefits of energy use and its harmful environmental side effects.

  • Fiscal Policy’s Evolving Role

    The book Post-Crisis Fiscal Policy, edited by Carlo Cottarelli, Philip Gerson and Abdelhak Senhadji, brings together the analysis underpinning the IMF’s position on the evolving role of fiscal policy.


  • Getting Energy Prices Right: From Principle to Practice

    This book develops a practical methodology, and associated tools, to show how the major environmental damages from energy can be quantified for different countries and used to design the efficient set of energy taxes.

  • Post-Crisis Fiscal Policy

    The book underscores how the global financial crisis has reshaped our understanding of the role of fiscal policy with topics that include a historical view of debt accumulation; the timing, size, and composition of fiscal stimulus packages in advanced and emerging economies; the heated debate surrounding the size of fiscal multipliers and the effectiveness of fiscal policy as a countercyclical tool and more.

  • Administering Fiscal Regimes for Extractive Industries : A Handbook

    Revenues from natural resources often pose unique challenges for tax administration. This Handbook is one of the first of its kind to focus attention on effectively administering revenues from extractive industries.

  • Equitable and Sustainable Pensions : Challenges and Experience

    This book brings together the latest research on equity issues related to pension systems and pension reforms in the post-crisis world.

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