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Google's Ruth Porat with David Miliband and Kristalina Georgieva on What's Next

March 26, 2021

Collaboration between private and public sectors will help ensure a sustainable recovery. (iStock by GettyImages/JasonDoly)

Public policy plays an important role in the recovery from the pandemic, but private sector innovation and agility can make a big difference on many counts. In this episode, Alphabet and Google CFO Ruth Porat talks with IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva and David Miliband, Chief Executive Officer of the International Rescue Committee, on Google's Zeitgeist podcast, an exclusive series that brings together extraordinary leaders to focus on critical issues for the world.  Transcript

Kristalina Georgieva, IMF Managing Director.

David Miliband, Chief Executive Officer of the International Rescue Committee

Ruth Porat, Chief Financial Officer of Alphabet and Google

Jason Braganza: Africa's Debt Further Complicates Recovery

March 22, 2021

Debt servicing pressures are making it difficult for African countries to purchase vaccines. (iStock by Getty Images/kiwis)

Earlier this month, AFRODAD's Jason Braganza was invited to participate in the IMF and European Commission's annual African Fiscal Forum, where Finance Ministers, heads of international agencies, and development partners discussed ways to support African economies through the pandemic. In this podcast, Braganza says countries need more fiscal space to boost social protection systems, provide stimulus for businesses, and create resources for vaccination procurement and rollout programs.  Transcript

Jason Rosario Braganza is the Executive Director for the African Forum and Network for Debt and Development (AFRODAD).

Romain Duval on Rising Market Power

March 18, 2021

The rise in mergers and acquisitions by dominant firms has contributed to rising market power and declining competition. (iStock by Getty Images/Gearstd)

Corporate market power has been on the rise in recent decades, but a new IMF study shows the pandemic has strengthened price markups for dominant firms and increased the concentration of revenues among the biggest players in sectors such as technology and pharma. The Brookings Institution and Bruegel hosted a conversation with Kristalina Georgieva, IMF Managing Director, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), and Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice President of the European Commission, to talk about the research and discuss policy responses. In this podcast, lead author Romain Duval says a further rise in corporate market power would stifle innovation, hold back wage growth, and be a drag on the economic recovery.  Transcript

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Romain Duval is Assistant Director in the IMF Research Department.

Kristalina Georgieva is IMF Managing Director.
Margrethe Vestager is Executive Vice President of the European Commission .
Amy Klobuchar is U.S. Senator (D-Minn.).

Janet Yellen and Kristalina Georgieva talk Womenomics

March 8, 2021

Janet Yellen and Kristalina Georgieva discuss how to combat gender biases in the workplace.

IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva and US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen celebrate International Women's day with a conversation about the advancement of women in the field of economics.  Transcript

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Kristalina Georgieva is IMF Managing Director and Janet Yellen is US Secretary of the Treasury.

Ruchir Agarwal on the Benefits of Nurturing Talent

March 1, 2021

The world operates below its innovation capacity when creative people don't have access to the institutions that nurture their talent. (iStock/SIphotography)

There are talented people everywhere, with ideas that could make the world a better place to live in. But what does it take for a promising young innovator to reach their full potential? In this podcast, IMF economist Ruchir Agarwal says global scientific output could be more than 40 percent higher if talented youth around the world had equal opportunities to nurture their abilities. Look for Agarwal and coauthors Ina Ganguli and Patrick Gaule's article Embracing the Gift of Global Talent in the March 2021 issue of Finance and Development Magazine.   Transcript

Ruchir Agarwal is a Senior Economist in the IMF Asia and Pacific Department.

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