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Harold James on Globalization: New Concept Old Reality

November 30, 2016

Immigrants arriving at Ellis Island, New York, in the early 20th century.

Globalization is a recent term, but the internationalization of markets, people, ideas, and cultures is nothing new. In this podcast, IMF historian Harold James, talks about how the past might help guide us into the future. James is Professor of History and International Affairs at Princeton University, and author of New Concept Old Reality published in the December 2016 edition of Finance and Development magazine.


Harold James, Professor of History and International Affairs at Princeton University and IMF Historian

Esther Duflo: Poverty Not Only Lack of Money

November 18, 2016

Esther Duflo, Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (BALTEL/SIPA/Newscom).

Esther Duflo, Professor of Development Economics at MIT, co-founded The Poverty Lab to find innovative approaches to poverty alleviation. In this podcast, Duflo says all economic and social dimensions of poverty must be considered in order to effectively address the problem. Duflo presented the 2016 Richard Goode lecture at the IMF earlier this month.


Esther Duflo, Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The Economics of Natural Disasters in Sub-Saharan Africa

November 16, 2016

Flood victims make their way through flood waters to be evacuated in Tambara, Mozambique. Sub-Saharan Africa is region hardest hit by natural disasters. (Themba Hadebe/epa/Newscom)

The IMF’s latest Regional Economic Outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa dedicates an entire chapter on what a drought, an earthquake or a pandemic can do to a country’s economy. In this podcast, lead authors Marshall Mills and Vimal Thakoor say natural disasters have a much bigger impact in sub-Saharan Africa than any other region.


Marshall Mills, Economist and Mission Chief for Madagascar, IMF African Department.
Vimal Thakoor, Economist, IMF African Department.

Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda: Make Economies Work for Women

November 07, 2016

Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda at IMF World-Bank Annual Meetings. Gumbonzvanda says better policies would allow more women to work (IMF photo).

While the benefits of expanding women’s participation in the economy are clear, women around the globe continue to face barriers. In this podcast, Action Aid’s Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda says women bear a disproportionate responsibility for unpaid care work, and ill-thought-out policies often add to that burden. Gumbonzvanda joined a panel on Making Macroeconomics Work for Women at the IMF World-Bank Annual Meetings.


Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, International Board Chair for Action Aid

One-on-One with Christine Lagarde, Featuring Michael Lewis

November 02, 2016

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, and author Michael Lewis during 2016 IMF-World-Bank Annual Meetings (IMF photo).

In this podcast, IMF Managing Director, Christine Lagarde, and best-selling author Michael Lewis (The Big Short), reflect on lessons learned from the financial crisis and other issues facing the world economy. The discussion took place before a live audience during the IMF World-Bank Annual meetings last month.


Christine Lagarde: IMF Managing Director.
Michael Lewis: Author, columnist and financial journalist.


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