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Last Updated: July 28, 2017

Fiscal Policies and Gender Equality

  • The IMF will host a conference on Fiscal Policies and Gender Equality on November 7, 2016 at the IMF Headquarters in Washington, DC.
    The conference will start with a high-level panel on how fiscal policies can contribute to gender equality and women’s advancement, and will feature Ms. Christine Lagarde, IMF Managing Director, Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director, UN Women, and Ms. Laura Tyson, Professor of Business Administration and Economics at the University of California Berkeley. Mr. David Rothkopf, CEO and Editor, Foreign Policy Group, will moderate. In addition, the conference will offer panel discussions with academics and public officials working on relevant topics, as well as a keynote speech by Prof. Diane Elson, and the presentation of results from an IMF/UK DFID project on gender budgeting.

Macroeconomic Challenges Facing Low-Income Countries

  • The IMF and DFID hosted a conference on January 30-31, 2014 at the IMF headquarters in Washington, DC. The central theme of the conference was macroeconomic challenges for LICs, and topics included capital flows to LICs, distributional impacts of fiscal policy, monetary policy in resource rich economies, financial market structure and stability, economic diversification, and growth and economic uncertainty. Many of the researchers who presented were new to the field of macro LIC research. More information can be found on the conference website.

Topic 1: Monetary and Exchange Rate Policies in Low-Income Countries

Topic 2: Public Investment, Growth, and Debt Sustainability

  • Toward Better Infrastructure in Developing Countries”, Washington DC, 2016
  • IMF Spring Meetings 2014, Africa Rising: Building to the Future—Session on Scaling Up Public Investment: Opportunities and Challenges
  • CSAE Conference, March, 2014, Session on Political Economy
    Paper presented:
  • DFID has a complementary project ‘Growth Research News' on micro-oriented research on investment-growth linkages.
  • The paper by Buffie et al. (2012) was presented in:
    • the African Economic Conference 2012, held in Kigali (Rwanda) from October 30th to November 2nd
    • the International Growth Centre workshop on fiscal and monetary policy organized by the London School of Economics and held in London (UK) on November 2–3, 2012.
  • A course on the Buffie et al. model and country applications was offered to Fund staff on February 25-26, in collaboration with the IMF Institute for Capacity Development.
  • Giovanni Melina will present "A model-based Debt Sustainability Framework for Resource-Rich Low-Income Countries" (jointly written with Andrew Berg, Shu-Chun S. Yang and Luis-Felipe Zanna) at the 2013 CSAE conference, Oxford.

Topic 3: Macroeconomic Management of Natural Resources

Topic 4. Macroeconomic Policies and Income Distribution

Topic 5. Financial Deepening for Macroeconomic Stability and Sustained Growth

Topic 6. Growth through Diversification

Topic 7. Gender and Macroeconomics