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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.


Global Financial Transmission into Sub-Saharan Africa – A Global Vector Autoregression Analysis

Author/Editor: Jorge Iván Canales Kriljenko, Mehdi Hosseinkouchack, and Alexis Meyer-Cirkel
Sub-Sahara Africa is exposed to global financial spillovers, but the impact on economic activity is more significant in more financially developed economies. Read more...


Shedding Light on Shadow Banking

Author/Editor: Artak Harutyunyan, Alexander Massara, Giovanni Ugazio, Goran Amidzic, and Richard Walton
The paper develops an alternative approach to estimate the size and interconnectedness of shadow banking. It expands the concept of noncore liabilities capturing nontraditional funding raised by banks and nonbanks alike. It finds that noncore liabilities are procyclical and more volatile than traditional funding. Possible applications include IMF surveillance.


Market Signals and the Cost of Credit Risk Protection: An Analysis of CDS Settlement Auctions

Author/Editor: L. Zanforlin and Nobuyuki Kanazawa
A new IMF paper finds that recovery rates on bonds observed in CDS settlement auctions imply probabilities of default that diverge systematically from those that would be estimated, using standard methodologies, before the default. We discuss the implications for CDS pricing models and the factors underlying signals from CDS markets.


Increasing Productivity Growth in Middle Income Countries

Author/Editor: Aidar Abdychev, La-Bhus Fah Jirasavetakul, Andrew W Jonelis, Lamin Leigh, Ashwin Moheeput, Friska Parulian, Ara Stepanyan, and Albert Touna Mama
Many small middle-income countries in sub-Saharan Africa have experienced a moderation in growth in recent years. A recent IMF working paper empirically analyses the factors explaining productivity growth in these countries. Read more...


IMF Lending and Banking Crises

Author/Editor: Luca Papi, Andrea Presbitero, and Alberto Zazzaro
One of the goals of IMF lending is to help preventing financial crises. A new IMF paper looks at the effect of IMF-supported lending programs on banking sector stability and finds that countries borrowing from the Fund are less likely to experience a future banking crisis than other comparable countries.


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Sampawende J-A. Tapsoba works in the Fiscal Affairs Department and has experience on a variety of advanced, emerging, and low-income countries. He holds a PhD in International Economics from Clermont School of Economics (France). His research interests cover international and development economics including inclusive growth, fiscal and monetary policies, regional integration, and foreign aid. He published in academic and policy journals including African Development Review, Economic Modelling, Economics Bulletin, Journal of African Economies, Review of Development Economics, and The World Economy. Read more

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