A worker unloads coal from truck inside a coal yard in Gujarat, India. Structural reforms, such as in the power sector in India, are needed to unlock growth (photo: AMIT DAVE/Reuters/Corbis)
October 07, 2014
A weak and uneven global economic recovery continues, with the pace of recovery reflecting various country-specific conditions, says the IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook (WEO).
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September 30, 2014In the current global environment of sub-par growth, there is a strong case for increasing public investment in countries where conditions are right, finds a new study released in the IMF’s World Economic Outlook.
August 27, 2014The IMF’s Finance & Development (F&D) magazine marks its golden anniversary with a number of special features in its recently released September issue on the future of the global economy and a look back at how things have changed over the past 50 years.
July 24, 2014The 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, 2014Asia 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, 2014Growth 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, 2014Real 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, 2014The 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, 2013Dynamic 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, 2013Comprehensive 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, 2013Global 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 30, 2014As global current account imbalances wane, net creditor and debtor positions have diverged further, according to a new study just released in the IMF’s World Economic Outlook.
July 29, 2014The 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.
June 11, 2014The 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, 2014With 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, 2014The 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, 2014With 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, 2014Global 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, 2013With 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, 2013Great 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, 2013The 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.
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