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Divided by Degrees: Angus Deaton on how More Americans Without B.A.’s are Dying of Despair

July 30, 2020

Nobel laureate, Angus Deaton says middle-aged Americans without a bachelor's degree face grimmer prospects and are more likely to die of despair. (Dominick Reuter/Reuters/Newscom)

After a century-long decline, mortality rates in the U.S. have flattened- even increased for non-Hispanic whites in middle age. In this podcast, Nobel laureate, Angus Deaton describes how people are dying at an alarming rate from suicides, drug overdoses and alcohol-related diseases, and how the largest increases in mortality are happening among those without a bachelor's degree. In their latest book titled Deaths of Despair, Deaton and Princeton economist Anne Case look at how approaches to healthcare and inequality relate to the rising mortality rates. Professor Deaton was invited by the Institute for Capacity Development to present their research to IMF economists. He joined me afterward to talk about the B.A./non-B.A. divide in the United States.

Read the REVIEW of Deaths of Despair by Kenneth Rogoff.

Read Peter Walker's profile of Angus Deaton in F&D Magazine

Angus Deaton is Professor Emeritus at Princeton and Presidential Professor of Economics at the University of Southern California. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2015 for his work on consumption, poverty, and welfare.

Paul Krugman on Zombie ideas and Economic Recovery

July 16, 2020

Nobel Laureate, Paul Krugman, is optimistic about a rapid economic recovery but worries about what lies ahead in the coming months. (Yadin Xolalpa sun/Newscom)

There are many facets of the IMF's work that people don't often hear about, one is capacity development; helping governments strengthen their ability to make good policy decisions and to implement them. Nobel Laureate, Paul Krugman was invited by the Institute for Capacity Development to share his insight into where the economy stands now in the context of the global pandemic; his thoughts on what an economic recovery might look like and what policies may help it along. Professor Krugman joined me after his IMF presentation to talk about the current crisis and how zombie ideas–the topic of his latest book, might hinder the economic recovery.


Paul Krugman is Professor of Economics at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and author of Arguing With Zombies

Kristalina Georgieva and David Pilling on Africa's Outlook

July 10, 2020

The gains Africa has made on growth and poverty reduction are now being dramatically interrupted. (iStock by Getty Images/ Adeyinka Yusuf)

The IMF's latest Economic Outlook for sub-Saharan Africa is considerably worse than its April outlook and is subject to massive uncertainty. Economic activity this year is now projected to contract by some 3.2 percent, reflecting a weaker global economy and measures to contain the spread of the virus. In this podcast, Financial Times Africa Editor, David Pilling, and Kristalina Georgieva discuss the profound economic consequences of the pandemic for the continent and how the Fund is supporting countries through the crisis. The interview was produced by the Financial Times and can be found at

Kristalina Georgieva is IMF Managing Director, and David Pilling is Africa Editor for the Financial Times.

Systemic Hazards and the Spheres of Well-Being

July 1, 2020

There are three spheres that are fundamental to human well-being and we're seeing systemic fragility in all of them. (iStock by Getty Images/SabrinaPintus)

The 2008 global financial crisis and the current pandemic have put enormous pressure on societies and exposed cracks in the systems we all depend on to survive. These types of global crises are forcing a reckoning about the world’s ability to manage systemic hazards. In this podcast, Ann Florini and Sunil Sharma say with increasing fragility in political, social, economic, and environmental systems, the 21st century is set to experience massive disruptions that pose serious, possibly existential threats to society. Their article Systemic Hazards is published in the June 2020 issue of Finance and Development Magazine.


Ann Florini is a clinical professor at the Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University.
Sunil Sharma is a distinguished visiting scholar at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.

Vietnam: A Remarkable Response with Limited Means

June 28, 2020

Vietnam–with only 300-plus confirmed cases of COVID-19 and no deaths, is already seeing signs of an incipient domestic economic recovery. (iStock by Getty Images/Intek1)re

The storm is a good opportunity for the pine and the cypress to show their strength and stability,” said Ho Chi Minh, the Father of the Vietnamese Nation. And it turns out Vietnam has shown its strength in weathering the COVID-19 storm. Era Dabla-Norris and Anne-Marie Gulde-Wolf are both economists in the IMF's Asia Pacific Department, and in this podcast, they say Vietnam's approach should allow for a quicker rebound.  


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Era Dabla-Norris is a Division Chief and Anne-Marie Gulde-Wolf a Deputy Director in the IMF's Asia Pacific Department.

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