IMFSurvey Magazine: Books
November 25, 2015
At a recent IMF forum, George Akerlof, 2001 Nobel Laureate in Economics, discussed his new book, Phishing for Phools, which is based on the idea that free market forces can produce systemic harm by exploiting human weaknesses.
September 25, 2015
The appropriate design of fiscal policies can mitigate income inequality, without hurting growth, or even while increasing it, according to a recently published IMF book, Inequality and Fiscal Policy.
August 06, 2014
Effective administration of public revenues derived from the petroleum and mining industries gets a boost with the release of a new IMF handbook. Policymakers and government officials in charge of administering oil, gas and mining revenues now have practical guidelines at their disposal.
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.
June 01, 2012
Why are some countries rich and others poor? James Robinson, coauthor of the newly published “Why Nations Fail”, argues that the wealth of a country is most closely tied to how far the average person is able to share in its overall economic growth.
March 21, 2012
The 1990s was a tumultuous period that witnessed the collapse of the Soviet Union, the transition of former Eastern bloc countries to market economies, and a series of crippling financial crises—all of which posed new challenges for the IMF and transformed its role.
October 21, 2011
Long-term strengthening of the international monetary system will require concerted efforts from policymakers in advanced and emerging economies alike, a Washington seminar heard. The event discussed a new book on the rise of the dollar in the 20th century by Berkeley economics professor Barry Eichengreen.
June 10, 2011
Demographic changes are threatening the ability of many countries to provide a decent standard of living for the old without imposing a crushing burden on the young, says the IMF’s Finance & Development magazine in a cover story. The world’s population is projected to rise to 9 billion by 2050.
November 16, 2010
Seventeen emerging African countries are putting behind them the conflict, stagnation, and dictatorships of the past, according to a new book by Steve Radelet. Instead of treating the region as a monolith, the former Center for Global Development senior fellow stressed the differences between Africa’s emerging countries.
May 15, 2013
Expert panelists engaged in animated debate over Bretton Woods architects Harry Dexter White and John Maynard Keynes and offered insights on how the IMF came about and how that history affects the global economy, in a book discussion sponsored by F&D.
April 16, 2013
Across the world many countries are now grappling with restoring sound and sustainable public finances: the way governments manage their budgets today will have profound economic effects in the years ahead.
May 01, 2012
Despite the widespread repercussion from the global financial crisis, finance should be embraced rather than demonized, says economist Robert Shiller. In a new book, he argues that access to finance should be enlarged.
March 30, 2012
The global economic crisis and the weak recovery that has followed raise fundamental questions concerning macroeconomics and economic policy, according to a new book by IMF Chief Economist Olivier Blanchard and other leading economists.
October 17, 2011
Strong growth in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries has not delivered all the expected results, particularly with respect to generating jobs for the region's nationals and reducing dependence on oil and gas, the IMF says.
March 22, 2011
Exports have played an important role in Asia’s economic success to date, but the region now needs to develop a second engine of growth by rebalancing its economy to encourage greater domestic demand, according to IMF economists in a new book.
September 08, 2010
The global financial crisis has been analyzed, scrutinized, and deconstructed from almost every angle since it erupted in 2007. But two books published in 2010 by eminent authors Raghuram Rajan and Sebastian Mallaby show that there are still fresh areas to explore.
March 10, 2010
One indicator of the severity of the recent global financial crisis was the sharp drop in global trade. The IMF has published an updated manual that would more accurately measure and analyze the depth of the recent global trade slump by setting standards for measuring price changes of exported and imported goods and services.