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Raghuram Rajan: Markets and State Leave Community Behind

August 16, 2019

In The Third Pillar, Raghuram Rajan says empowering local communities will make globalization work for more people. (IMF photo)

In his latest book, Raghuram Rajan examines the relationship between the state, markets and communities, and argues localism is the answer to globalization. Rajan is a distinguished professor of finance at the University of Chicago, former head of India's central bank and former Chief Economist at the IMF, where he was invited to talk about The Third Pillar: How Markets and the State Leave the Community Behind

Raghuram Rajan is a distinguished professor of finance at the University of Chicago, former head of India's central bank and former IMF Chief Economist.

Electronic Invoicing Reform in Peru Paying Off

August 9, 2019

Mandatory e-invoicing in Peru is helping increase firm sales and tax revenues.

The use of digital technologies is transforming how tax administrations operate, helping to improve efficiency and service delivery. A striking example has been Peru's adoption of electronic invoicing, which allows the automatic transfer of billing information between firms and the tax authority. Drawn by its potential to strengthen tax compliance and reduce costs, Peru is among more than 50 countries around the world to have implemented e-invoicing and many others are preparing to follow suit. IMF economists Salma Khalid and Matthieu Bellon have been studying the impact of Peru's mandatory e-invoicing reform that started back in 2014. Their research paper will be published this fall.

Salma Khalid is an economist in the Western Hemisphere Department and Matthieu Bellon is an economist in the Fiscal Affairs Department at the IMF.

Arnaud Costinot: Taxing Robots to Level the Playing Field

July 24, 2019

As work activities become increasingly automated and workers displaced, inequality is growing and tax revenue is shrinking. (iStock by Getty Images)

Technological innovation like automation using robots to produce goods and provide services creates tremendous opportunities for businesses. But as the cost of producing robots goes down, is this technology widening the income gap? Economist Arnaud Costinot has been studying technological change and its impact on inequality, and in this podcast, he discusses how a robot tax might help better distribute the benefits of artificial intelligence, or AI technologies. Arnaud Costinot is a Professor of Economics at MIT, and coauthor of Robots, Trade, and Luddism: A Sufficient Statistic Approach to Optimal Technology Regulation. Costinot was invited to present his research at the IMF.

Arnaud Costinot is a Professor of Economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Michael Keen on Adapting Old Tax System to New Economy

July 9, 2019

Digitalization is putting added pressure on international tax system. (iStock by Getty images)

International corporate tax avoidance is a growing concern for both advanced economies and low-income countries. The changing nature of the global economy–notably increasing digitalization, in some cases, is making it easier for firms to shift profits to low-tax countries. Michael Keen is a Deputy Director in the IMF's Fiscal Affairs Department, and in this podcast he says the international tax system is under unprecedented stress. Keen was a lead author of a recent IMF policy paper that sets out the current state of the international corporate tax system and explores ways to address some of its shortcomings.

Michael Keen is a Deputy Director and in the IMF's Fiscal Affairs Department.

Ian Parry: Why A Carbon Tax Makes Sense

June 28, 2019

Carbon taxes discourage the use of fossil fuels and encourage a shift to less-polluting fuels. (iStock by Getty images)

When it comes to environmental policies, Ian Parry argues none are more effective than carbon taxes. Parry, an expert on fiscal policy and climate change at the IMF, says carbon taxes promote a full range of responses for reducing emissions–like switching from coal to clean generation fuels, reducing the demand for electricity, transportation fuels, and so on and can be administratively straightforward to implement. Parry is author of several research papers on carbon taxation and his recent article What Is Carbon Taxation? is published in the June 2019 edition of Finance and Development Magazine.

Ian Parry is the principal environmental fiscal policy expert in the IMF's Fiscal Affairs Department.

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