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Miles Kimball on Measuring National Well-Being

December 2, 2021

Miles Kimball says a well-being index would count everyone's life equally rather than only their dollars.

For all its strengths in measuring a country's economy, GDP falls short when it comes to gauging the well-being of its residents. For example, per capita GDP numbers today suggest people in the US are better off now than they were before the pandemic, regardless of the enduring social and economic upheaval. The recognition that GDP cannot encompass many dimensions of well-being has prompted a search for measures that reflect a more complete account of what people care about. Miles Kimball is a Professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and is developing the principles for a national well-being index. In this podcast, Kimball says the index would also serve to grade governments. Transcript

Read the article in Finance and Development.

Miles Kimball is a Professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Global Fund's Peter Sands on Pandemic Lessons

December 2, 2021

Peter Sands says economists should pay more attention to global health.

Pandemics pose significant macroeconomic costs but only recently have garnered the attention they deserve. In this podcast, IMF economist Ruchir Agarwal, sits down with Peter Sands, head of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, to discuss the role of macroeconomics in public health preparedness.  Transcript

Read the article in Finance and Development.

Peter Sands is Executive Director of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria.

Ruchir Agarwal heads the IMF's Global Health and Pandemic Response Taskforce.

Women in Economics: Diane Coyle on Making Economics Better

November 18, 2021

Diane Coyle: More diversity in economics will make it better at solving problems.

In this third episode of Women in Economics, distinguished British economist Diane Coyle speaks with journalist Rhoda Metcalfe about how the lack of diversity within the economic profession is holding it back. Coyle is the Bennett Professor of Public Policy at the University of Cambridge and author of several books, some of which challenge conventional economic wisdom such as GDP. In this podcast, Coyle says economists need to start working with other disciplines if they are to live up to the influence they have in public policy and help deliver solutions to the complex challenges the world is now facing. Transcript

 Look for the review of Diane Coyle's latest book Cogs and Monsters in the Fall edition of Finance and Development.

Diane Coyle is the Bennett Professor of Public Policy at the University of Cambridge.

Gita Gopinath and Raghuram Rajan in Conversation

November 12, 2021

Two distinguished economists discuss what's happening in the world economy.

It's been almost 2 years since the coronavirus began to disrupt economies across the globe. In this podcast, IMF Chief Economist Gita Gopinath asks Raghuram Rajan about inflation and his views on what Central Banks should be doing to minimize the damage caused by the pandemic. Rajan is a former Governor of the Bank of India and former IMF Chief Economist. He's also the author of several books including The Third Pillar: How Markets and the State Leave the Community Behind. This podcast is an abridged version of their discussion, you'll find a webcast of the full event at IMF.org. Transcript

Gita Gopinath is IMF Economic Counsellor and Director of the Research Department.

Raghuram Rajan is the Katherine Dusak Miller Distinguished Service Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Luis Breuer on India's Outlook: Seeing Through the Fog

October 28, 2021

Rising prices matter in India because a large percentage of the consumption basket is food (iStock by Getty images/BDphoto)

Despite two brutal COVID-19 waves and the widespread disruptions that ensued, India's economy is set to be one of the fastest-growing major economies for this year and beyond. Following a sharp contraction in GDP last year, India's latest outlook shows growth is expected to rebound to 9.5 percent this year and 8.5 percent in FY2022/23. Luis Breuer is IMF Senior Representative to India, Nepal and Bhutan, and a coauthor of the report. In this podcast, Breuer says India is recovering thanks to its response and scaled-up vaccine production but the pandemic is still clouding the country's outlook. Transcript

Luis Breuer is the Senior Resident Representative of the IMF to India, Nepal and Bhutan.

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