Three Chief Economists on Why Income Inequality Matters

April 25, 2019

Chief Economists, Laurence Boone (OECD), Gita Gopinath (IMF), Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg (World Bank Group) at 2019 IMF World-Bank Spring Meetings. (IMF photo)

In This Episode

Achieving inclusive growth is one of the critical challenges of our time. In this podcast, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde opens a public discussion between IMF Chief Economist, Gita Gopinath, World Bank Chief Economist, Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg and OECD Chief Economist, Laurence Boone, about how to ensure economic growth benefits the many and not only the few. In her introduction, Lagarde points out that it's a first for these three multilateral institutions to have women Chief Economists at the same time. The seminar entitled Income Inequality Matters took place during the IMF World-Bank Spring Meetings.

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

Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg is the Chief Economist of the World Bank Group.

Laurence Boone is the OECD Chief Economist, G-20 Finance Deputy and Head of the economics department.

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