News, views, and analysis from the IMF
A carpet shop, Tunisia. Economic program aims at fostering private sector development and inclusive growth (photo: Terry Harris/Stock Connection USA /Newscom)
June 17, 2013
IMF Survey Interview
May 09, 2013
As the 2008 global crisis deepened, the euro area, the world’s largest and most well-known regional currency union, faced a number of challenges. In many respects, the smaller Eastern Caribbean Economic and Currency Union (ECCU) is an interesting microcosm of the euro area’s problems and its difficulties.
In the News
June 04, 2013
Women’s many gains haven’t yet translated into equal opportunities, says the IMF’s F&D magazine, which focuses in its recently released June issue on how changes in the balance of power for women at work can improve the global economy.
April 20, 2013
A broad mix of policies is needed to help put the global economy on a sustained and balanced growth path, the IMF said as it wrapped up the 2013 Spring Meetings against a backdrop of an uneven global recovery.
April 18, 2013
The global economy can move beyond an uneven recovery to achieve “full-speed” if countries take customized action on a range of policy fronts, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said at the 2013 IMF-World Bank Spring Meetings.
May 08, 2013
Governments across the world are exploring whether they could use their nonfinancial assets, such as land and buildings, to help ease their deficit and debt burdens. Yet according to a new IMF study, it is still unclear how much revenue the asset sales can really yield.
April 16, 2013
The global economy is expected to continue mending gradually, says the IMF, whose latest forecast of economic growth projects 3.3 percent growth in 2013, and 4 percent in 2014. But with old dangers remaining and new risks emerging, policymakers cannot afford to relax their efforts.
What the Numbers Show
Did You Know?
The world’s population is projected to rise from 7 billion this year to over 9 billion in 2050. But low fertility combined with the fact that people are living longer means that 1.25 billion elderly (ages 60+) and 1 billion working-age adults will be added to the global population by 2050, while the number of people younger than 25 will hold steady at 3 billion.
Countries & Regions
June 10, 2013
The IMF’s Executive Board approves a $15 million interest-free emergency loan for Mali to back policies aimed at macroeconomic stability and assisting economic recovery. The loan is under the IMF’s concessional window for countries that need rapid support after economic disruptions.
May 22, 2013
The United Kingdom could boost growth by bringing forward measures already included in its fiscal plan, such as spending on infrastructure and job skills, the IMF said as it wrapped up its annual check of Europe’s third largest economy.
May 21, 2013
Differences in economic growth across the Middle East and North Africa are expected to narrow in 2013, though economic conditions in the oil exporters and importers still differ, says the IMF in its latest regional outlook, which predicts growth at about 3.1 percent this year.
June 06, 2013
The IMF’s work agenda for the coming months centers on invigorating a sustainable recovery and making the global economy more resilient. The plan also stresses identifying emerging risks and designing policies to encourage stronger and sustainable growth.
May 23, 2013
The IMF is taking a fresh look at sovereign debt restructuring, with a robust work agenda on this issue in the coming months, said Hugh Bredenkamp, Deputy Director of the IMF’s Policy, Strategy, and Review Department.
May 16, 2013
Several years of exceptionally low interest rates and bond buying by some advanced economy central banks have reduced the risk of deflation, stabilized the financial system, and calmed financial markets, but these unconventional policies also have potential negative side effects.