Twentieth Jacques Polak Annual Research Conference

Debt: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

November 7-8, 2019

The International Monetary Fund will hold the Twentieth Jacques Polak Annual Research Conference at its headquarters in Washington DC on November 7-8, 2019.

Global debt has reached a new record, standing now at over 300 percent of world output. Not all debt is the same, nor is it evenly distributed across countries, regions or sectors. Debt can facilitate the expansion of productive investment, including the funds to repair and expand infrastructure necessary for continued economic growth. At the same time, debt overhang and increased debt service can leave economies vulnerable to rollover risk, sudden tightening of credit and even default. Given the prominence of higher debt across advanced, emerging, frontier markets as well as in low-income countries, this year’s conference will focus on “Debt: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” and will bring together researchers and policymakers to discuss innovative research in this area and facilitate the exchange of views.

Please note that the deadline has now passed and we are no longer accepting submissions. The Program Committee will evaluate all submitted proposals in terms of originality, analytical rigor, and policy relevance and will contact the authors whose papers have been selected by mid-July, 20191. Travel and hotel expenses of presenting authors will be covered by the conference organizers. Further information on the conference program will be posted on the IMF website (

Conference Program Committee: Emine Boz (IMF, Co-Editor of the IMF Economic Review), Guzman Gonzalez-Torres (Bank of Italy and IMF), Luciana Juvenal (IMF), Weicheng Lian (IMF), Giovanni Melina (IMF), Andrea Presbitero (IMF), Marika Santoro (IMF) and Linda Tesar (Editor-in-Chief of the IMF Economic Review and the University of Michigan)

Senior Conference Coordinator: Tracey Lookadoo

1Submissions co-authored with IMF staff members will be evaluated by the IMF Economic Review editor-in-chief.