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Shipping Costs and Inflation with Yan Carrière-Swallow

May 26, 2022

Yan Carriere-Swallow says any disruption in shipping networks has global implications on prices. (photo: Weijia Yao)

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Most of the goods we purchase travel across the oceans in steel containers aboard the largest ships ever to sail the seas. But the pandemic and ensuing lockdowns knocked the wind from their sails and disrupted the entire global shipping network, causing supply shortages and soaring shipping costs. IMF economist Yan Carrière-Swallow has studied the macroeconomic impact of shocks to ocean freight, and in this podcast, he says shipping costs are an important driver of inflation around the world. Transcript

Yan Carrière-Swallow is coauthor along with Pragyan Deb, Davide Furceri, Daniel Jimenez and Jonathan Ostry, of Shipping Costs and Inflation available at

Yan Carrière-Swallow is a Senior Economist in the Asia and Pacific Department.

Alex Cobham on Tax Injustice

May 18, 2022

Alex Cobham says taxation is what holds the social contract between citizens and states together. (photo courtesy of Tax Justice Network)

Economies grow better when they are more equal, and taxation is a powerful tool to help reduce inequalities. But increasingly, the international tax system is doing the opposite of that by allowing corporations and the world's wealthiest people to avoid paying their fair share. The Tax Justice Network estimates the combined global revenue losses from cross-border tax abuse by people with undeclared offshore assets and of multinational companies amount to some $483 billion a year. Alex Cobham is Chief Executive of the Tax Justice Network, and in this podcast, he speaks with journalist Rhoda Metcalfe about his article Taxing for a New Social Contract in Finance and Development. Transcript

Alex Cobham is Chief Executive of the Tax Justice Network.

ICRC's Peter Maurer on the Scourge of Fragility and Partnerships to Fight it

May 12, 2022

ICRC President Peter Maurer says economic development is critical to fulfill its mandate of stabilizing societies through humanitarian work. (ICRC photo)

Fragility and conflict have forced hundreds of millions of people to live outside of state control without access to basic services. And with violent conflict on the rise, two-thirds of the world's poorest could soon be living in fragile and conflict affected states. The International Committee of the Red Cross is one of the world's most important providers of humanitarian assistance and works at the front line of most conflicts across the globe. In this podcast, ICRC President, Peter Maurer discusses the importance of including the expertise of economists in their humanitarian work and the significance of the IMF's new strategy to strengthen its support to fragile and conflict affected states. Transcript

Peter Maurer is the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Women in Economics: Clair Brown's Holistic Approach

May 5, 2022

Clair Brown says Buddhist principles provide a holistic model of economic behavior and well-being. (Photo: UC Berkeley)

Becoming an economist in the 1970s- for a woman, was a lonely road. When Clair Brown joined the Department of Economics at UC Berkeley in 1974 alongside people like Nobel laureate George Akerlof, she was the only female faculty member. But thanks to Brown's prodding, the department hired more women and Berkeley has since become well known for its female economists. Brown has always seen the power of diversity in her work. In 2013 she helped create a new graduate program called Development Engineering that teams engineers with economists to develop technologies that benefit developing regions. Today, she's advocating for a new, more sustainable approach to economic thinking in her book, Buddhist Economics. Journalist, Rhoda Metcalfe spoke with Clair Brown for our special series on extraordinary Women in Economics. Transcript

Claire Brown is Professor of Economics at University of California, Berkeley, and author of Buddhist Economics.

Sub-Saharan Africa Outlook: New Shock, Little Room to Maneuver

April 28, 2022

An already-stretched region faces yet another shock. (iStock by Getty images/RapidEye)

The economic recovery in sub-Saharan Africa surprised on the upside in the second half of 2021, but that progress has been jeopardized this year by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The war has triggered a global economic shock that is hitting the region at a time when countries’ ability to respond is minimal to nonexistent. Papa N’Diaye leads the team that produces the Regional Economic Outlook for sub-Saharan Africa. In this podcast, he says growth has slowed once again and will not be enough to make up for lost ground. Transcript

Papa N’Diaye heads the Regional Studies Division in the IMF African Department.

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