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South Africa’s Economic Challenges

December 11, 2014

Keeping the lights on in Cape Town is getting harder, as South Africa’s power utility enforces more rolling blackouts to cope with increasing demand.(photo: Markus Oblander/imageBROKER/Corbis)

South Africa can celebrate significant progress in its first 20 years of democracy, but faces the challenge of reviving a weak economy. Addressing structural constraints such as electricity shortages are key to increasing growth.


Laura Papi: IMF Mission Chief for South Africa

The World According to Adam Smith

December 05, 2014

Engraving of Adam Smith, father of modern capitalism. Man desires to be loved and to be lovely, says Smith (photo: Bettman/Corbis)

Despite his reputation as the father of greedy capitalism, Adam Smith did a great deal of thinking about the human condition and how to be a better, more generous person. One economist believes that Smith could change your life.

Listen to Russ Roberts on economics as entertainment


Russ Roberts, research fellow, Stanford University, Hoover Institution, and author

Hip-Hop Economics

November 26, 2014

Economic heavyweights Keynes and Hayek duke it out in Robert’s hip-hop music video which has over seven million views

Economic ideas can be a hard pill to swallow for non-academics, and yet virtually everyone can benefit from understanding them. Economist Russ Roberts discusses how he uses stories, rap music and the internet to help the medicine go down.


Russ Roberts, author, research fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University

Data Drives Better Decisions

November 19, 2014

As the world economies become more interlinked, good data can help identify and manage financial contagion. (Photo: RG.Images/Stock4B/Corbis)

Data has gained prominence as a vital building block for making sound policy. IMF Director of Statistics, Louis Marc Ducharme talks about how the IMF is helping make data more widely available to policy makers.


Christine Lagarde: Managing Director, IMF
Louis Marc Ducharme: Director, Statistics Department, IMF

Income Inequality can lead to Economic Instability

November 12, 2014

Poverty and homelessness can be found from Bombay to the wealthy neighborhoods of New York City. (Alison Wright/National Geographic Society/Corbis)

When the richest 85 people hold the combined wealth of 3.5 Billion poor people, economist Jose Antonio Ocampo explains that Income inequality can shift from a human rights issue to a marker of potentially dangerous economic instability.


Jose Antonio Ocampo, Columbia University professor


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