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Yanquis in Havana

September 23, 2015

Tourist with traditional flower ladies in Old Havana, Cuba (F&D Magazine September 2015)

Cuba has been out of bounds for American tourists for more than 50 years. But with the US recently restoring diplomatic relations, some say it’s just a matter of time before the floodgate opens to a whole generation of baby boomers wanting to experience some of Hemmingway’s favorite watering holes. In this podcast the IMF’s Nicole Laframboise talks about how the thaw in relations between the US and Cuba could shake up the Caribbean tourism industry.

Nicole Laframboise, a Deputy Division Chief in the IMF’s Western Hemisphere Department, and author of “Yankees in Havana” published in the September 2015 edition of Finance and Development Magazine.

Sub-Saharan Africa Getting a Grip on Inflation

September 10, 2015

Shoppers at high-end clothing market in Soweto, South Africa (Per-Anders Pettersson/Corbis)

Inflation can determine a currency’s purchasing power as high inflation means rising prices. But what drives inflation differs from region to region. In this podcast we talk with Oral Williams, IMF Mission Chief for Malawi and coauthor of a new research paper that shows the drivers of inflation are changing in sub-Saharan Africa.

Oral H. Williams, Area Deputy Division Chief in the Africa Department and IMF Mission Chief for Malawi

The Future of Asian Finance

September 02, 2015

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde presents The Future of Asian Finance book during a conference in Jakarta, Indonesia (IMF Staff/Stephen Jaffe)

Asia fared well throughout the global financial crisis and has since become one of the strongest economic regions in the world. But with the global economy such as it is, a new book published by the IMF says Asia’s financial systems are facing new challenges. In this podcast coauthor Jim Walsh talks about The Future of Asian Finance.

Jim Walsh, IMF Deputy Division Chief in the Monetary and Capital Markets Department and a co-author of “The Future of Asian Finance”

Most Unequal on Earth

August 27, 2015

Latin America a region of stark income contrasts. Informal settlement Parque Real favela and upscale Morumbi neighborhood, Sao Paulo, Brazil (Danny Lehman/Corbis)

While the gap between rich and poor is widest in Latin America, research led by Nora Lustig shows it’s the only region in the world where the gap is actually narrowing. But in this podcast, Lustig admits it’s still unclear what specifically is behind the trend.

Nora Lustig, Samuel Z. Stone Professor of Latin American Economics, director of the Commitment to Equity Institute at Tulane University and fellow of the Center for Global Development and the Inter-American Dialogue.

Painting a Better Picture of Poverty

August 20, 2015

Even in the absence of absolute poverty, people may still suffer deprivation, which requires action, says Alkire (photo: IMF)

Poverty can mean different things in different countries. The creator of the “Multidimensional Poverty Index” explains how the measure is designed to expand policymakers’ understanding of poverty beyond the traditional benchmark of living on less than $1.25 per day.

Sabina Alkire, Director of the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative

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