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Economies of the Bottom Billion

January 30, 2015

Haiti has seen very little growth since the devastating earthquake in January 2010 (© Joel Addams/ Aurora Photos/Corbis)

New report on low income countries helps strengthen IMF's monitoring framework.

Chris Lane: IMF Division Chief, Strategy, Policy and Review
Amadou Sy: Senior Research Fellow, Africa Growth Initiative, Brookings Inst.

Olivier Blanchard, on the State Of The World Economy

January 20, 2015

Global oversupply of oil has pushed prices down by more than 50 percent since June 2014. (photo: Christian Charisius/Reuters/Corbis)

A conversation with IMF chief economist Olivier Blanchard, where he talks about the latest downward revisions to the World Economic Outlook. Even with a boost from falling oil prices, the WEO update shows global growth for 2015-16 at 3.5 and 3.7 percent.

Olivier Blanchard, IMF Chief Economic Counsellor and Director of Research

Dirty Energy’s Human Toll

January 16, 2015

Smoke stacks in Datong, China. Taxes could help better reflect the true cost of burning fossil fuel, suggests Parry (photo: Paul Souders/Corbis)

The burning of fossil fuels comes with many costs. Millions of people die each year from the pollution it emits. This follow up to an earlier interview with an IMF economist explores the health risks posed by air pollution and some proposed solutions.

Ian Parry, Fiscal Affairs Department, IMF

Michael Spence: Inclusive Growth=Stability

January 08, 2015

Occupy Wall Street movement quickly became a global phenomenon on the premise that the richest one percent controls nearly half of global wealth. (John Sommers II/Reuters/Corbis)

Strong economic growth helps keep people employed and healthy, but there’s a growing sense in many countries that only the wealthiest are reaping the benefits. Nobel laureate Michael Spence says inclusive growth is key to economic stability.

Michael Spence, Nobel Laureate and professor of economics at New York University

Women In The Workforce: Breaking The Barriers

December 31, 2014

Woman worker packing cocoa products at a plant in Abidjan. Women in Ivory Coast could not work without their husband’s consent before the law was changed in 2012. (T.GOUEGNON/Reuters/Corbis)

The IMF says the global economy would benefit by Boosting Women’s Participation in the Labor Force, and hosted a seminar on the topic last fall during the Fund’s annual meetings. Sarah Iqbal participated in that forum and talks in this podcast about the hurdles women face when starting a business.

Read as well the IMF Survey story on Unleashing the Economic Power of Women

Sarah Iqbal, World Bank Women Business And The Law Project

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