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Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas on Geopolitics and Dollar Dominance

June 17, 2022

Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas says geopolitical tensions and the rise of emerging market economies may lead countries to rethink their accumulation of US dollar reserves. (IMF Photo)

The war in Ukraine and the rise of emerging market economies have opened a new chapter in international relations, with important implications for the global economic order. Like an earthquake, the war has an epicenter, located in Russia and Ukraine, but its seismic waves are impacting economies far and wide and revealing a shift in the underlying geopolitical tectonic plates. In this podcast, IMF Chief Economist, Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas discusses what fragmentation of the global economy might mean for the dominance of the US dollar in the international monetary and financial system. Transcript

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Pierre-Olivier Gourinchas is the IMF's Economic Counsellor and Director of the Research Department.

Tobias Adrian on the Future of Finance

June 9, 2022

New podcast series zeros in on all things fintech.

Welcome to Fintech Forward, a new IMF podcast series with a focus on financial technology. Fintech has grown exponentially in recent years and prompted a paradigm shift in virtually all areas of finance, with significant implications for financial stability. Fintech Forward, hosted by IMF economist Tara Iyer, will draw from the expertise of the IMF Monetary and Capital Markets Department to better understand the impact of emerging technologies on financial systems and local economies around the world. In this first episode, Tobias Adrian, Director of the IMF's Monetary and Capital Markets Department, says fintech is causing nothing less than a revolution in the global financial system. Transcript

Tobias Adrian is the Financial Counsellor and Director of the IMF's Monetary and Capital Markets Department, and Tara Iyer is an economist in the Global Financial Stability Analysis Division of the Monetary and Capital Markets Department.

Legal Barriers to Women’s Economic Empowerment

June 3, 2022

Seventy-five percent of economies in Francophone Africa have regulations which restrict women’s employment, mirroring a 1954 ordinance from the former federation of French West Africa. (iStock Images / guenterguni)

When women begin to participate more in the economy, good things happen. There's more growth, less inequality, and greater financial stability. So, why is women's labor force participation still so low in so many countries? Katharine Christopherson is an Assistant General Counsel in the IMF Legal Department and coauthor of some new research that looks at the legal impediments to women’s economic activity across the globe. In this podcast, journalist Rhoda Metcalfe and Katharine Christopherson discuss the outdated laws that hold women back and what drives countries to reform them. Transcript

Katharine Christopherson is an Assistant General Counsel in the IMF Legal Department.

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.

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