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The Puzzle of Rising Populism with Guido Tabellini

December 27, 2019

Economist Guido Tabellini says rising populism is the reaction to recent economic and structural changes and likely here to stay. (IMF photo)

Populist leaders and movements are on the rise across the world, but why now? Populism has been around since Ancient Rome. In this podcast, economist Guido Tabellini says the 2008 global financial crisis and technology are driving the recent resurgence. Tabellini says with growing inequality people disappointed by the policies of the past that have excluded them from the benefits of the global economy are voting more along cultural identity lines. Its the nationalists versus the cosmopolitans. Guido Tabellini is Professor of Political Economics at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy, and delivered the IMFs Annual Richard Goode Lecture on his research.

Guido Tabellini is Professor of Political Economics at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy.

Reaping What We Sow: Fighting Climate Change with Food

December 10, 2019

Consuming fewer animal products can help reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. (Istock by Getty Images/ FrankvandenBergh)

While efforts to mitigate climate change have focused primarily on burning fewer fossil fuels, recent research by the UN’s Panel on Climate Change shows that what we eat and how we produce it can have an even greater impact on the global environment and public health. The report says reforms in crop and livestock activities could potentially mitigate up to a third of all greenhouse-gas emissions. IMF economist, Nicoletta Batini studies the environmental impact of the agri-food sector. Her latest article titled Reaping What We Sow is published in the December 2019 issue of Finance and Development Magazine.

Nicoletta Batini is a senior economist in the IMF’s Independent Evaluation Office.

Abebe Aemro Selassie on Africa's Infrastructure Gap and Debt

December 1, 2019

Abebe Aemro Selassie says debt and infrastructure investment need not be competing forces. (IMF photo)

Sub-Saharan Africa has made significant inroads in reducing poverty and increasing access to education and health services, but the infrastructure deficit still looms large throughout the region. For many countries, the ability to finance their development needs has become more constrained as public debt has increased rapidly in recent years. In this podcast, Abebe Aemro Selassie says when governments invest in the right types of infrastructure, people are more willing to pay the taxes the government needs to service its debt. Selassie is Director of the IMF's African Department, which has helped organize a special conference in Dakar, Senegal, this week to discuss how countries can continue to address the infrastructure gap while maintaining manageable debt levels.

Abebe Aemro Selassie is Director of the IMF's African Department.

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Mervyn King: Economic Policy in a World Turned Upside Down

November 23, 2019

Mervyn King says radical uncertainty calls for radical thinking. (IMF photo)

Following the great economic crises of the 20th century, there were periods of intellectual and political upheaval that ultimately changed economic policy. Mervyn King, former Governor of the Bank of England, argues the 2008 financial crisis should have prompted the same reaction but didn’t. King delivered this year's Per Jacobsson Lecture during the IMF-World Bank Annual Meetings, and warned the failure to dramatically change our approach to economic policy risks another financial crisis.

Lord Mervyn King is Professor of Economics at New York University and the London School of Economics. He is also author of The End of Alchemy and has a forthcoming book entitled Radical Uncertainty.

Deborah Greenfield: Social Protections in the New World

November 15, 2019

Deborah Greenfield, ILO Deputy Director General for Policy, speaking at Helping Countries Strengthen Social Spending seminar. 2019 IMF-World-Bank Annual Meetings. (IMF photo)

Investing in social programs can soften the blow of inequalities and foster more stable societies. In this podcast, we speak with Deborah Greenfield, Deputy Director General for Policy at the International Labour Organization, which was formed one hundred years ago out of the Paris Peace Conference at the end of World War 1. And while the work environment has changed dramatically in the past one hundred years, gaining access to basic social programs remains a struggle for far too many workers around the world today. A recent ILO study says more than half the global population lacks healthcare and social security. Greenfield says social protection floors provide important support to workers as they transition into the changing job market.

Deborah Greenfield is Deputy Director General for Policy at the International Labour Organization.

Read the paper about IMF Engagement on Social Spending,

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