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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

Stop Squeezing Workers, and Step Up Investment, says ILO

November 06, 2014

Processing carrots in a factory. Polaski denies that one reason for slow growth is labor inflexibility (Photo: Maximilian Stock Ltd/Science Faction/Corbis)

Labor market flexibility is considered by many to be essential to an efficient market economy. But a top-level official of the ILO says there’s been an excessive focus on worker flexibility. Off the back of an IMF/World Bank seminar, she explained how economic growth can be nurtured to benefit all.

Sandra Polaski, Deputy Director-General, International Labor Organization

Uganda-Capacity Building for Growth

October 29, 2014

Kampala skyline. Infrastructure development projects this year have helped Uganda’s capital city repair roads, street lights, and drainage systems.(Yannick Tylle /Corbis)

As Uganda’s economy continues to grow, so does the need for more efficient ways of managing large development projects. The country’s finance minister says the objectives of each program must be clear, for capacity building to be effective. Minister Kiwanuka participated in a Capacity Building seminar earlier this month–watch the webcast.

Maria Kiwanuka, Uganda’s Minister of Finance

Arvind Subramanian, on Boosting India's Private Sector

October 23, 2014

Unloading coal in Chandigarh. Half of India’s thermal power stations have less than a week’s supply of coal on hand. (Verma/Reuters/Corbis)

Private investment is down in India, partly due to the lack of coal and electricity. Interviewed in late August, before his appointment as the country's new chief economic adviser, Arvind Subramanian says removing those bottlenecks will be key to increasing growth.

Arvind Subramanian, India’s chief economic advisor

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