IMFSurvey Magazine: Interview
January 15, 2016
About a year after its inauguration, Oussama Kanaan, Director of the IMF’s Middle East Center for Economics and Finance (CEF) in Kuwait, talks about expanding the center’s training capacity to tackle rising global challenges.
January 04, 2016
Maury Obstfeld joined the IMF in September as Economic Counsellor and Director of Research. In an interview, he reviews the major economic developments of the past year and looks ahead to 2016.
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.
October 13, 2015
The Democratic Republic of the Congo exemplifies the difficulty that many developing countries have in transforming mineral wealth into inclusive growth. The IMF's latest annual economic assessment indicates that while growth rates for 2014 were as high as 9.2 percent, poverty rates in the DRC are among the highest in the world.
July 28, 2015
If the world’s largest economies took steps to reduce excess external imbalances, they could improve prospects for sustained global growth and financial stability, according to a new IMF analysis.
July 14, 2015
While lower oil prices can mean significant losses in revenue for some oil exporting countries, consumers should be paying less for fuel and have more money to spend. IMF’s Aasim Husain says the higher spending will be good for global growth.
May 15, 2015
Good data can help policymakers identify and manage financial vulnerabilities. And while the quality of data from advanced economies is getting better and more accessible to the public, data from some developing countries is often lacking altogether.
December 23, 2015
In a recent visit to the IMF, Nobel Laureate Thomas Sargent brought to life the economic and financial history of the United States, with stories of how debt limits have evolved over the years before and since the creation of the Bretton Woods Institutions.
December 15, 2015
The IMF’s work agenda focuses on refining and adapting the institution’s core activities to support member countries as they face challenges posed by ongoing transitions in the global economy.
December 02, 2015
Sweden’s economy is performing well, with growth set to remain strong in the near term. But housing prices and household debt are elevated and rising, and unemployment is high among some groups.
August 14, 2015
Spain enjoys a remarkable rebound in economic activity, but sustaining job-rich growth over the medium term will require continued policy efforts, says the IMF’s annual review of the country.
July 17, 2015
In a continuation of their ongoing work on inequality, IMF economists have found a decline in unionization and the erosion of minimum wages to be associated with rising inequality in advanced economies. But these findings are not necessarily a blanket recommendation for higher unionization and minimum wages.
June 23, 2015
Cyprus has made good progress in implementing its economic program, notably reforms to ease the burden of bad loans. In the first quarter of 2015, the nation returned to positive growth for the first time in four years.
May 19, 2015
The West Bank and Gaza will need policy discipline and donor support in the short run, but a new financing model will be essential over the medium term for sustained private-sector-led growth, the IMF says.
March 13, 2015
Iceland has rebounded after the 2008/9 crisis and will soon surpass pre-crisis output levels with strong performance in tourism and fisheries. Debt ratios are down, balance sheets have broadly been restored, and the financial sector is back on track although some important items remain on the docket.