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Archaeologist Sir Barry Cunliffe on the Origins of Trade

December 10, 2018

British archeologist Sir Barry Cunliffe, says studying ancient civilizations provides valuable economic insight. (photo: B540/Guillem Lopez/Photoshot/Newscom)

The human instinct to trade goes back thousands of years, and Sir Barry Cunliffe has been digging up evidence of those first steps toward today's globalized world throughout his long career as one of Europe's most highly respected archaeologists. Sir Cunliffe is an Emeritus professor at Oxford University and a Commissioner of English Heritage. He was invited to speak to economists as part of the IMF Futurist Series, designed to bring outside views to the Fund and spark new ideas. In this podcast, Sir Barry Cunliffe says cultural and economic values should be one and the same.

His latest book By Steppe, Desert, and Ocean is published by Oxford University Press.

Sir Barry Cunliffe is an Emeritus professor at Oxford University and served as President of the Society of Antiquaries, Governor of the Museum of London, and a trustee of the British Museum. He received a knighthood in 2006.

Martin Wolf on Global Cooperation and Why Truth Matters

December 6, 2018

Martin Wolf, chief economic commentator for the Financial Times, during the 2018 IMF-World Bank Annual Meetings in Bali, Indonesia. (IMF photo)

As the world becomes more interconnected and economies more integrated, the role of communications and journalism is increasingly important. But cutting through all the noise is not always easy. In this podcast, legendary Financial Times journalist, Martin Wolf, sits down with the head of IMF communications, Gerry Rice, to talk about the state of global cooperation and the corrosion of trust. Wolf has been reporting on the global economy for over three decades, and his writing influenced policymakers during the global financial crisis. Their conversation was recorded during the IMF-World Bank Annual Meetings in Bali, Indonesia.

Martin Wolf's book The Shifts and the Shocks is published by Penguin books.

Martin Wolf is associate editor and chief economics correspondent of the Financial Times.

Gerry Rice is director of the IMF's communications department.

Sub-Saharan Africa: Managing the Remarkable Jump in Capital Flows

November 27, 2018

Global factors such as U.S. interest rates and commodity prices have a direct impact on capital flows to sub-Saharan Africa. (iStock by Getty Images/fotopoly)

In the wake of the global financial crisis and with low interest rates lingering in most advanced economies, investors have increasingly been looking at Africa for investment opportunities. The IMFs latest Regional Economic Outlook for sub-Saharan Africa examines what this spectacular increase in capital flows means for the region. In this podcast, economist Mahvash Saeed Qureshi says the recent rise in investment capital offers a lot of opportunities but also carries risks. Qureshi led the research team that wrote the report.

Mahvash Saeed Qureshi is a Deputy Division Chief in the IMFs African department.

Vera Songwe: Closing the Tech Gender Gap

November 16, 2018

Vera Songwe, executive secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, speaking at the 2018 IMF-World Bank Annual Meetings in Bali. (IMF photo)

There is a growing body of research that shows that more women in the labor force means higher economic growth, and for longer periods. And while some sectors have made progress in breaking down gender barriers, the rise of technology in others presents new challenges for women. Vera Songwe is the first woman to head the U.N.s Economic Commission for Africa, and in this podcast, Songwe says African women are especially disadvantaged in the technology sector because they often dont have access to the internet. Songwe talked to IMFs Angela Gaviria while attending the IMF-World Bank Annual meetings in Bali, Indonesia.

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Vera Songwe, executive secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

Dag Detter: Unlocking Public Wealth

November 9, 2018

The city of Boston is one of many cities worldwide to underestimated the value of its public assets. (iStock by Getty images)

While countries around the world scramble to find new revenue streams, it turns out most are sitting on wealth they dont even know they own. The IMFs Fiscal Monitor launched in October, analyses public wealth in 31 countries to find their assets worth $101 trillion or 219 percent of GDP. Dag Detter is a specialist in public commercial assets, and works as an adviser to local and national governments to help make their public assets work for the benefit of their citizens. In this podcast, Detter says countries could easily double the amount of money available for infrastructure if assets were properly managed. Detter is co-author of Unlocking Public Wealth, featured in the March 2018 edition of Finance and Development Magazine.

Dag Detter and Stefan Folster's book The Public Wealth of Nations is published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Dag Detter is a specialist in public commercial assets.

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