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Hackathons: New Technologies Can Help Raise Tax Revenue in Africa

April 6, 2018

Hackathons are helping governments raise revenues in Africa (iStock by Getty Images/Peopleimages).

While the word hack sounds nefarious there’s nothing sinister about a hackathon. It is a creative brainstorming event that brings together people from the private sector, government, academia, civil society and technical experts to devise solutions to help governments raise revenues. In this podcast, economist Katherine Baer talks about her recent experience in hackathons in Senegal, Uganda and Ivory Coast, and how new technologies can help those governments collect more taxes. 

Katherine Baer, Division Chief, IMF Fiscal Affairs department.

Rachel Glennerster: The Cost of Conflict

March 30, 2018

Broken down transport vehicle in Chad. Conflict and natural disasters in the Sahel have put millions of people on the move. (iStock by Getty Images/yoh4nn)

Economic shocks and climate change increase the risk of conflict. If current trends continue, 80 percent of the world’s poorest people will live in fragile states by the year 2030. This means the work of development will increasingly be about how to prevent conflict and how to achieve positive change in post-conflict and fragile states. In this podcast, DfID’s chief economist Rachel Glennerster, says economists need to get better at understanding these risks and predicting conflict. Before joining the UK’s Department for International Development, Glennerster was Executive Director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab. She was invited to speak at the IMF where she once worked as an economist.

Rachel Glennerster, Chief Economist of the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development- DfID.

Losing Your Cool: How Hotter Days Can Increase Crime and Disrupt Economies

March 15, 2018

Weather shocks are increasing violent crime. (iStock by Getty Images/oneword)

Some economists would argue that extreme weather can increase criminal behavior by reducing incomes—especially in the agriculture sector. But in this podcast, economist Gordon McCord says the psychological effect of higher temperatures on violent behavior plays a prominent role. McCord is coauthor of a study that uses data from homicides in Mexico spanning 15 years, and considers the impact of a cash transfer program on reducing interpersonal violence on hot days. He presented his research at the 2018 American Economic Association’s Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.

Gordon McCord, assistant Professor at the School of Global Policy and Strategy at the University of California in San Diego. 

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Good for Women Good for Growth: Closing Nigeria’s Gender Gap

March 8, 2018

Policies to invest in human capital that target women will reduce gender gap in education and boost Nigerian economy. (photo: peeterv/iStock by Getty)

Promoting gender equality can be an economic game changer. The IMF’s latest economic review of Nigeria’s economy says closing the gender gap would mean higher growth and productivity, and greater economic stability. In this podcast, IMF economist and coauthor, Monique Newiak, says Nigerian women could help transform the economy given the chance. The report shows Nigeria suffers from wide-spread gender inequality and is therefore missing out on a key ingredient to economic success. Newiak says reducing gender inequality could boost growth by one and one-quarter percent on average.

Monique Newiak, is an economist in the IMF’s Africa department and coauthor of Nigeria’s latest economic review, that includes a study on The Macroeconomic Costs of Gender Inequality in Nigeria.


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Nigeria Exits Recession and Looks Beyond Oil

March 7, 2018

Nigeria needs to increase non-oil revenues. (photo: iStock by Getty Images)

Nigeria’s economy is picking up according to the IMF’s latest economic review. Growth hit 0.8 percent in 2017 after contracting by 1.6 percent in 2016. The report attributes the increase—in part—to the recent recovery in oil prices. But as the country emerges from recession, the IMF’s Amine Mati says following through on planned reforms regardless of oil price swings and upcoming elections, is key to lifting Nigeria’s growth rates to where they should be. Mati heads the IMF team for Nigeria and oversaw this latest economic assessment.

Amine Mati, IMF mission chief and senior resident representative in Nigeria

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