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October 25, 2016


Surf the Demographic Wave -- Finance & Development, March 2016

Description: Vimal Thakoor and John Wakeman-Linns -- Sub-Saharan Africa could reap significant benefits from its growing population—if the transition is well managed...
Date: February 25, 2016
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POPULATION SHIFTS - Finance & Development March 2016

Description: ... Read online at Population Pressures SAY “population
growth” and many people immedi- ately think of resources under stress. ...
Date: February 18, 2016
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Most Unequal on Earth -- Finance & Development, September 2015

Description: Nora Lustig - Latin America is a region of stark income contrasts but has been making progress...
Date: August 27, 2015
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Latin America: Finding Its Footing: IMF Finance and Development Magazine; September 2015

Description: ... Read online at ... conditional cash transfers have constituted
one of the most important innovations in social policy to benefit the ...
Date: August 26, 2015
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Generation Next -- Finance & Development, September 2014

Description: 25 economists under 45 who are shaping the way we think about the global economy...
Date: August 27, 2014
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FINANCE & DEVELOPMENT - September 2014 L Volume 51 L Number 3

Description: ... Read online at ... labor economics, mac- roeconomics, political
economy, law and economics, social policy, and behavioral ...
Date: August 21, 2014
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FINANCE & DEVELOPMENT - September 2014 L Volume 51 L Number 3

Description: ... Read online at ... labor economics, mac- roeconomics, political
economy, law and economics, social policy, and behavioral ...
Date: August 18, 2014
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Book Reviews - Finance & Development, June 2013

Description: Tower of Basel: The Shadowy History of the Secret Bank That Runs the World by Adam LeBor. Story of My People by Edoardo Nesi. Why Growth Matters: How Economic Growth in India Reduced Poverty and the Lessons for Other Developing Countries by Jagdish Bhagwati and Arvind Panagariya...
Date: June 01, 2013
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Finance & Development, June 2011 - Books

Description: Poor Economics, How Many Languages Do We Need? Adapt, Age of Greed...
Date: June 01, 2011
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Finance & Development, March 2011 - Face-to-Face with Productivity

Description: By Eduardo Lora and Carmen Pagés - It is not lack of investment but inefficient production that holds back Latin American incomes...
Date: March 01, 2011
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Book Reviews - Finance & Development, June 2007

Description: Regulating Infrastructure by José A. Gómez-Ibáñez; A wakeup call for Europe by Alberto Alesina and Francesco Giavazzi; How news affects sovereign spreads by Paolo Mauro, Nathan Sussman, and Yishay Yafeh...
Date: June 01, 2007
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Stuck in a Rut - Finance & Development, December 2005

Description: ... A key way to do this is through concerted actions in social policy and the
growth and competitiveness agendas of most countries. ...
Date: December 01, 2005
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In Brief: News from International Agencies - Finance & Development - March 2004

Description: ... Labor Office (ILO) in Geneva. “What's good social policy is also good
economic pol- icy. Eliminating child labor will yield ...
Date: March 01, 2004
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Finance & Development, June 2002 - Lessons from a Decade of Transition in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union

Description: By Pradeep K. Mitra and Marcelo Selowsky - A decade after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in late 1991, some transition economies are performing far better than others. A recent World Bank study finds that poor incentives for the creation of new firms is the single biggest obstacle. But reducing barriers to entry is not enough—hard budget constraints must also be imposed on the old money-losing state-owned enterprises.
Date: June 01, 2002
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Finance & Development, September 2001 - Social Sector Reform in Transition Countries

Description: By Christian Keller and Peter S. Heller - Transition countries need to reform their social sectors to promote the welfare of their citizens and spur economic growth. In part, this means building up and redesigning social safety nets and addressing problems in such areas as social insurance, budgetary transfers, health care and education, labor markets, and tax administration. It also requires cutting some benefits and privileges.
Date: September 01, 2001
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Finance & Development, June 2001 - Poverty Reduction in Developing Countries: The Role of Private Enterprise

Description: By Guy Pfeffermann - The role of private enterprise in development has been neglected by scholars, governments, and aid organizations. This is regrettable: a vibrant private sector generates jobs, raises incomes, and makes better, cheaper goods and services available.
Date: June 01, 2001
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Finance & Development, March 2001 - Book reviews

Description: Robert Solomon-Money on the Move: The Revolution in International Finance Since 1980; Andres Solimano, Eduardo Aninat, and Nancy Birdsall (editors)-Distributive Justice and Economic Development: The Case of Chile and Developing Countries; Ruth de Krivoy-Collapse: The Venezuelan Banking Crisis of '94; Helmut Reisen-Pensions, Savings and Capital Flows: From Ageing to Emerging Markets.
Date: March 01, 2001
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Finance & Development, December 2000 - Broadening the Agenda for Poverty Reduction: Opportunity, Empowerment, Security

Description: By Nora Lustig and Nicholas Stern - Experience from the 1990s has led to a poverty reduction agenda that, in addition to promoting economic growth, addresses ingrained inequalities, institutional failures, social barriers, and other risks.
Date: December 01, 2000
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Finance & Development, June 1999 - A Decade of Transition: An Overview of the Achievements and Challenges

Description: By Saleh M. Nsouli - To take stock of the accomplishments of the transition economies over the past 10 years and identify the challenges ahead, in February 1999 the IMF organized a conference for high-level officials from transition countries, academics, and staff members of international organizations. This article highlights the key issues discussed at the conference, some of which are explored further in the articles that follow.
Date: June 01, 1999
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Finance & Development, June 1999 - Transition and the Changing Role of Government

Description: By Vito Tanzi - Over the past decade, many centrally planned economies have set out to transform themselves into market economies. To be successful, they need to develop the necessary institutions and ensure a proper role for government.
Date: June 01, 1999
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Finance & Development September 1998 - Should Equity Be a Goal of Economic Policy?

Description: By IMF Staff - During periods of economic expansion, people see their incomes rise and living standards improve. Even in good times, however, an unfortunate few may be left behind. When and how should governments intervene to ensure not only that the size of the pie increases, but that everybody gets a fair share?...
Date: September 01, 1998
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Development Focus: Egypt: Poised for Sustained Growth? - Finance & Development - December 1997 - Arvind Subramanian

Description: ... This will require a major effort in social policy, in particular in health and
education, and in providing safety nets for the most vulnera- ble groups. ...
Date: December 01, 1997
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The State in a Changing World - Finance & Development - September 1997 - Ajay Chhibber

Description: ... can help manage nascent conflict is needed in designing economic and
social policy. • Promoting global economic sta- bility. ...
Date: September 01, 1997
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Development Focus: How Do the Urban Poor Manage in an Economic Crisis? - Finance & Development - December 1996

Description: ... This article is based on the findings of an extensive research project, “Urban
Poverty and Social Policy in the Context of Adjustment,” carried out by ...
Date: December 01, 1996
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A Reform Proposal for Costa Rica's Pension System - Finance & Development - September 1996 - Asli Demirguc-Kunt and Anita Schwarz

Description: ... with the Labor Markets, Social Insurance, and Public Sector Management
Group of the World Bank's Poverty and Social Policy Department. ...
Date: September 01, 1996
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People in Transition: Reforming Education and Health Care - Finance & Development - September 1996 - Nicholas Barr

Description: ... Bruno Laporte and Julian Schweitzer, 1994, “Education and Training,” in
Nicholas Barr (editor), Labor Markets and Social Policy in Central and ...
Date: June 01, 1996
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