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Annual Research Conference 2014


Fifteenth Jacques Polak Annual Research Conference: "Cross-Border Spillovers"

Annual Research Conference 2014: The International Monetary Fund will hold the Fifteenth Jacques Polak Annual Research Conference at its headquarters in Washington DC on November 13—14, 2014.


IMF Global Housing Watch

The International Monetary has launched the Global Housing Watch, a webpage that tracks developments in housing markets across the world on a quarterly basis. The Housing Watch provides current data on house prices as well as metrics used to assess valuation in housing markets, such as house price-to-rent and house-price-to-income ratios.


Capital Flows are Fickle: Anytime, Anywhere

Author/Editor: John C Bluedorn; Rupa Duttagupta; Jaime Guajardo; Petia Topalova
Has the latest wave of financial globalization changed the behavior of capital flows? A new IMF paper argues that it has not. It finds that private capital flows have always been volatile and unpredictable—across time, across advanced and emerging markets, and across most types of flows


The Driving Force behind the Boom and Bust in Construction in Europe

Author/Editor: Yan Sun ; Pritha Mitra ; Alejandro Simone
In many European countries, the construction sector has witnessed strong booms and busts in recent decades. A new IMF working paper studies factors driving the large swings, and finds that despite steep adjustments post crisis in many countries, construction shares could fall further in some cases and weigh on economic recovery


Testing the Prebisch-Singer Hypothesis since 1650: Evidence from Panel Techniques that Allow for Multiple Breaks

Author/Editor: Rabah Arezki ; Kaddour Hadri ; Prakash Loungani ; Yao Rao
A new paper re-examines the Prebisch-Singer Hypothesis (PSH), which states that relative commodity prices follow a downward secular trend. Using long series of commodity prices and powerful panel data techniques, we find mixed evidence in support of the PSH but with a majority of series showing negative trends.

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Public Expenditure Reform: Making Difficult Choices


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Regional Economic Reports

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Discuss recent economic developments and prospects for countries in various regions.

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G-20 Surveillance Notes
G-20 Surveillance Notes

Notes provided by the IMF staff ahead of a series of meetings held by the G-20 deputies and ministers.

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Alberto Martin is a visiting fellow in the Research Department on leave from the Centre de Recerca en Economia Internacional (CREI) and the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics, where he respectively serves as a Senior Researcher and a Research Professor. He is also a Research Affiliate at the Center for Economic and Policy Research (London) and a member of the editorial board of the Review of Economic Studies.

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