IMFSurvey Magazine: IMF Research
July 29, 2014
The job of reducing external imbalances is not complete, says an updated analysis by IMF staff. The 2014 Pilot External Sector Report recognizes substantial progress relative to the pre-crisis peak imbalances, but sees much smaller progress more recently, and some cases of widening imbalances.
July 24, 2014
The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook (WEO) Update says that global recovery continues but at an uneven pace, and that downside risks remain. Continued policy efforts are needed to secure a more robust recovery.
May 29, 2014
Asia faces five challenges as it pursues sustained economic growth, says the IMF’s Finance & Development magazine: overcoming the middle-income trap, improving its institutions and governance, coping with an aging population, curbing rising inequality, and promoting financial development.
April 12, 2014
Growth and inequality are mutually incompatible, participants agreed at a high level seminar held during the IMF-World Bank meetings, but they differed sharply about the priorities to address the rise in inequality over recent decades.
April 03, 2014
Real interest rates are expected to increase modestly with the normalization of global economic conditions, reversing the decline into negative numbers after the financial crisis, predicts a new study by the IMF’s Research Department.
February 27, 2014
The latest issue of the IMF’s magazine, Finance & Development (F&D), focuses on Europe’s drive toward economic integration—the forces bringing it together and those pushing it apart, with contradictory views on how this can work.
December 12, 2013
Dynamic emerging market and developing countries can continue their strong growth going forward if they boost productivity through structural reforms. Such a strategy would allow them to further narrow the gap in living standards with the advanced economies, a new IMF study says.
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.
June 11, 2014
The IMF’s new Global Housing Watch brings together housing market information to keep track of boom and bust cycles and to nudge policymakers to take early action to moderate housing booms.
May 28, 2014
With financial markets around the world so interconnected, the analysis of “networks” in the financial system would help deepen understanding of systemic risk and is key to preventing future financial crises, say leading researchers and policymakers at a Research conference.
April 08, 2014
The strengthening of the recovery from the Great Recession in the advanced economies is a welcome development, according to IMF staff. But the latest World Economic Outlook also emphasizes that growth remains subpar and uneven across the globe
March 19, 2014
With the right combination of economic policies, governments can shield the poor from the effects of food price shocks, participants told an international conference on food price volatility.
January 21, 2014
Global growth is expected to increase in 2014 after having been stuck in low gear in 2013, says the IMF’s latest WEO Update. The IMF forecasts global growth to average 3.7 percent in 2014―up from 3 percent in 2013―and to rise to 3.9 percent in 2015.
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
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.