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Mohamed El-Erian: New Life for the SDR?

May 26, 2017

Mohamed El-Erian, speaking at IMF World-Bank Spring Meetings (IMF photo).

The IMF’s Special Drawing Rights have failed to gain real traction in the international monetary system, but Mohamed El-Erian, Chief Economic Advisor at Allianz and former IMF Deputy Director, believes a greater role for the SDR in global markets could help strengthen the world economy.


Mohamed El-Erian, Chief Economic Advisor at Allianz, and former IMF Deputy Director.

Patrick Murck: The Changing Face of Financial Services

May 12, 2017

Patrick Murck, speaking at the FinTech and the Transormation of Financial Services seminar during 2017 IMF World-Bank Spring meetings (IMF photo)

FinTech—or financial technology—is poised to revolutionize how the world does business. It could open new kinds of markets to many more people, but it could also threaten our financial privacy or make illicit financial transactions easier. In this podcast, Fintech expert Patrick Murck describes the coming transformation and its pitfalls.


Patrick Murck, fellow at the Harvard Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, and a Special Counsel at Cooley LLP.

Sub-Saharan Africa: Restarting the Growth Engine

May 08, 2017

Shopfront in Kenya. Strong business environment helps economic diversification (photo: Gettyimages/Harry Hook).

The IMF's latest regional economic outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa shows growth has fallen to its lowest level in twenty years. In this podcast, co-author Céline Allard, says while some countries like Senegal and Kenya continue to experience growth rates higher than 6 percent, growth has slowed for two thirds of countries in the region bringing down average growth in 2016 to 1.4 percent.


Céline Allard, Head of the Regional Studies Division in the IMF’s African Department

Hal Varian: The Productivity Paradox

April 28, 2017

Google’s Chief Economist, Hal Varian at Productivity in the Age of Fewer, Older Workers Spring Meetings seminar (IMF photo)

The labor force 30 years from now will look very different as working-age populations in advanced economies start to shrink. While some today worry they’ll lose their jobs to robots, economists like Google’s Hal Varian, wonder if technology will boost productivity enough to compensate for the shifting demographics. Varian, and Harvard’s David Canning, discussed the topic during an IMF World-Bank Spring Meetings seminar earlier this month.


Hal Varian, Google’s Chief Economist and an Emeritus Professor at UC Berkeley.
David Canning, Professor of Population Sciences, Economics and Intl Health, Harvard University, Department of Global Health and Population.

IMF World Economic Outlook

April 18, 2017

IMF Economic Counselor, Maurice Obstfeld (photo: IMF)

The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook projects global growth at 3.5 percent in 2017 and 3.6 percent in 2018. In this podcast, IMF Chief Economist Maurice Obstfeld says global growth is gaining momentum.


Maurice Obstfeld, IMF Economic Counselor


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