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Women in Economics: Jayati Ghosh on Unpaid Care Work

October 20, 2021

Jayati Ghosh: The role women play as caregivers in society is what allows economies to function. (photo: UNCTAD)

The Women in Economics series showcases extraordinary work by extraordinary women in a field dominated by men. In this second episode, journalist Rhoda Metcalfe speaks with Jayati Ghosh, Professor of Economics at University of Massachusetts Amherst, whose work on gender issues and the public value of care work gives voice to the unpaid caregivers who form the economic base for societies around the world. In this podcast, Ghosh says our whole notion of productivity is skewed because most care work is not captured in GDP. Transcript

Jayati Ghosh is Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Fabio Natalucci: Financial Stability through a Rocky Recovery

October 12, 2021

Latest GFSR weighs the risks of some unexpected trends like the surge in the housing market. (Istock by Getty Images/ anilakkus)

The latest Global Financial Stability Report takes a close look at how recent supply chain disruptions, wage pressures and inflation might compromise the stability of the global financial system. Fabio Natalucci is Deputy Director of the Monetary and Capital Markets Department and heads the GFSR. In this podcast, he says while risks have been contained so far, vulnerabilities remain in a number of sectors including the housing market, where house prices have unexpectedly surged during the pandemic. Transcript

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Fabio Natalucci is Deputy Director in the Monetary and Capital Markets Department.

Gita Gopinath on Latest Outlook: Recovery Gaps Persist

October 12, 2021

IMF Chief Economist says a lot more multilateral action is needed to end the vaccine divide.

While the World Economic Outlook shows output in advanced economies set to exceed pre-pandemic levels next year, prospects for low-income countries and emerging markets have darkened considerably due to vaccine shortages and limited support. Overall, the outlook's global growth projection for 2021 has been revised down marginally to 5.9 percent and is unchanged for 2022 at 4.9 percent. The downgrade also reflects continuing supply disruptions and the impact on advanced economies. IMF Chief Economist, Gita Gopinath heads the WEO. In this podcast, she says universal vaccine access remains key for an equitable global recovery. Transcript

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Gita Gopinath is the Economic Counsellor and Director of the Research Department at the International Monetary Fund.

Tobias Adrian: The Promise and the Risk of Crypto Assets

October 8, 2021

The rapid rise of crypto assets is posing new challenges to financial stability. (iStock by Getty Images/ marchmeena29)

The crypto ecosystem is growing fast because there are a number of potential benefits to adopting crypto assets, like making payments and financial services cheaper, faster and accessible to more people. But the rapid growth and increasing adoption of crypto assets are posing new challenges to financial stability. Analysis in the latest Global Financial Stability Report takes a deep dive into the world of crypto and calls for a global push to regulate crypto assets. IMF Financial Counsellor, Tobias Adrian, headed the research and in this podcast, he says a regulatory approach with common standards across countries will make crypto assets safer and protect investors. Transcript

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Tobias Adrian is the IMF Financial Counsellor and Director of the Monetary and Capital Markets Department.

Prachi Mishra on Inflation: Navigating Uncharted Territory

October 6, 2021

New IMF study says prolonged input supply shortages could keep inflation elevated for longer. (iStock by Getty Images/tommy)

Inflation has not been much of a concern since the 70s when exogenous oil shocks were widely seen to have caused the phenomenon known as stagflation. But given the uncertain nature of the pandemic recovery, inflation is now on the rise and once again on everyone's mind. Analysis in the latest World Economic Outlook explores today's inflation landscape and finds we're in uncharted territory. Prachi Mishra is an Advisor in the IMF Research Department and coauthor of the study. In this podcast, she says while inflation expectations have stayed relatively anchored so far, there is still much to be concerned about.  Transcript

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Prachi Mishra is an Advisor in the IMF Research Department.

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