IMFSurvey Magazine: IMF Research
November 26, 2013
With talks on a global trade deal stalled, it is now up to trade ministers to resolve their differences at the WTO Ministerial Conference in Bali, Indonesia, on December 3-6. That will be tough, writes trade expert Jagdish Bhagwati in the IMF’s F&D magazine.
November 20, 2013
Comprehensive labor market reforms are needed to reorient the Gulf economies toward greater employment of nationals in the private sector, improve productivity, and diversify, says a new IMF report.
October 08, 2013
Global growth is still in low gear and its drivers are shifting, says the IMF’s latest WEO report, which forecasts global growth to average 2.9 percent in 2013—below the 3.2 percent recorded in 2012—and to rise to 3.6 percent in 2014.
September 25, 2013
Deeper fiscal integration in the euro area can correct weaknesses in the system’s architecture, make the area more resilient to future crises, and provide long-term credibility to crisis-response measures already adopted.
August 29, 2013
Natural resources are a mainstay of many economies, and the revenue derived from their export can help countries improve the lives of their citizens. But it’s usually more complicated than that, says the IMF’s Finance & Development (F&D) magazine.
July 09, 2013
The global economy is growing more slowly than expected, with risks increasing especially in emerging markets, says the IMF. Global growth is now projected at 3.1 for 2013 and 3.8 percent for 2014, a downward revision of ¼ percentage point compared with the April 2013 WEO forecast.
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
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.
April 09, 2013
In contrast to previous recessions, inflation has not fallen sharply during the Great Recession, and it is unlikely to spike as the recovery strengthens, according to a new study by the IMF. There is little risk of monetary policy repeating the mistakes of the 1970s and igniting stagflation.
January 28, 2013
As policymakers across the world are assessing the need for spending cuts and tax increases against the risk of triggering a new recession, a look back at history provides insights from those who grappled with similar challenges in past decades.
January 08, 2013
Policymakers in advanced economies will have to resolve the problem of high government debt or they may face low growth prospects, a panel tells the American Economic Association conference. The gathering hears that debt levels have exploded across the advanced economies since the financial crisis.
November 20, 2013
Great minds do not always think alike. And that is a good thing, especially when it comes to insights into paradigm-shifting events. An IMF conference provided such a forum to discuss recent research on financial crises.
September 30, 2013
The global panic set in motion by the 2008-09 financial crisis generated an unprecedented output collapse around the world that temporarily had countries moving in close lockstep, according to a new study by the IMF.
September 13, 2013
Five years on since the crisis, the G20 advanced and emerging market economies have showed some progress in reducing their major internal and external imbalances. But greater coordinated policy action is necessary for sustainable global growth, says a new analysis by IMF staff.
August 01, 2013
If the world’s largest economies could make improvements in their policies in mutually reinforcing ways, they would lift global GDP over the longer run by as much as 3 percent, says a new analysis by the IMF.
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 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.
April 09, 2013
Low-income countries have bounced back in the past two decades. Analysis in the IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook (WEO) suggests that dynamic low-income countries are on a stronger economic footing today than before the 1990s, and therefore better placed to stay on course.
March 29, 2013
Advanced economies face the task of putting millions of people back to work and getting the young started in their careers. A new IMF discussion paper focuses on the design of labor market policies and institutions to reduce average unemployment rates and boost medium-run growth.
January 23, 2013
Global growth will strengthen gradually in 2013, says the IMF in an update to its World Economic Outlook, as the constraints on economic activity start to ease this year. But the recovery is slow, and the report stresses that policies must address downside risks to bolster growth.
November 21, 2012
How economic policy can reverse the sharp and persistent rise of unemployment since the start of the Great Recession was the focus of an IMF economic research conference. Participants discussed critical labor market problems to figure out the best way to create jobs and reduce inequality.