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Raghuram Rajan, on the Global Financial Safety Net

April 27, 2016

Raghuram Rajan, Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). Rajan says the Global Financial Safety Net needs to be stronger.

In this Podcast, we speak with Raghu Rajan, India’s central bank governor about the Global Financial Safety Net. Rajan is charged with securing monetary stability in one of the world’s largest Emerging Market economies, at a time when others are stumbling in the face of difficult global economic trends. Rajan participated in a seminar entitled Fortifying the Global Financial Safety Net, during the IMF-World Bank Spring meetings.

Raghuram Rajan, Governor of the Reserve Bank of India

Too Slow Too Long; New IMF Global Growth Forecast

April 12, 2016

IMF Chief Economic Counselor, Maurice Obstfeld (photo: IMF)

The new World Economic Outlook anticipates a slight acceleration in growth this year, from 3.1 to 3.2 percent, followed by 3.5 percent growth in 2017. But IMF Chief Economist Maurice Obstfeld says projections continue to be progressively less optimistic over time.

Maurice Obstfeld, IMF Chief Economic Counselor

Public Investment Payoff Not Necessarily About Efficiency

April 01, 2016

Road in Sahara desert. Public capital is scarcer in inefficient developing countries, so roads are more valuable (photo: Me. Desjeux, Bernard/CORBIS).

While many economists would argue public investment projects in highly efficient countries have a greater impact on growth, recent research by some IMF economists shows that’s not necessarily the case. In this podcast we speak with the IMF’s Andy Berg, who suggests the impact on growth from public investment spending is similar in both high and low-efficiency countries.

Andy Berg, a Deputy Director in the IMF’s Institute for Capacity Development

Gabon Hit by Oil Price Slide

March 22, 2016

Oil extraction well on Ogouee river, Gabon. With drop in oil prices, Gabon will need to shore up non-oil revenues (photo: Daniel Riffet/Photononstop/Corbis)

The IMF’s most recent review of Gabon’s economy shows it’s been hit hard by the oil price decline. In this podcast, we speak with IMF Mission Chief for Gabon, Montfort Mlachila, who says the country can build resilience and revive growth by diversifying its economy.

Montfort Mlachila, IMF Mission Chief for Gabon

Low Skills Low Wages: Eric Maskin on Inequality

March 16, 2016

Rice Harvest near Timbuktu, Mali. Globalization has left unskilled workers behind (photo: Atlantide Phototravel/Corbis)

While it was widely expected that globalization would reduce inequality, income disparities between skilled and unskilled workers has only increased in recent years. In this podcast we ask Nobel Laureate Eric Maskin, why the global markets haven’t offered better economic opportunities for the world’s poorest.

Eric Maskin, Professor at Harvard University, and 2007 Nobel Laureate.

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