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Wenjie Chen on the Latest Outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa

November 3, 2022

Wenjie Chen says sub-Saharan African economies are fragile, yet resilient. (IMF photo)

Economic outlooks don’t come easy in the current environment but the latest Regional Economic Outlook for sub-Saharan Africa proved to be particularly challenging. Its title Living on the Edge tells part of the story but in this podcast, economist Wenjie Chen walks us through the research behind the new report. Chen is a deputy head in the Regional Studies Division and part of the team of macroeconomists who dissect regional trends to come up with key priorities for policymakers. Transcript

Wenjie Chen is Deputy Division Chief in the African Department’s Regional Studies Division.

Hilary Allen on the Superficial Allure of Crypto

October 20, 2022

Hilary Allen says cryptocurrencies pose grave risks. (photo courtesy Hilary Allen)

Cryptocurrencies have grabbed news headlines with their dramatic highs and lows, and their proponents argue they could revolutionize the financial system, making it faster and fairer. But is the cryptocurrency craze dragging us all into dangerous waters? Hilary Allen is a professor of law at American University and studies the impact of new financial technologies on financial stability. Allen is also the author of The Superficial Allure of Crypto published in the September edition of Finance and Development. In this podcast, Allen sits down with journalist Rhoda Metcalfe to discuss the risks associated with cryptocurrencies and why she thinks that they simply cannot deliver their claimed benefits. Transcript

Hilary Allen is a professor of law at American University’s Washington College of Law.

Raghuram Rajan: Climate Action and Continued Globalization Joined at the Hip (2022 Per Jacobsson Lecture)

October 19, 2022

Raghuram Rajan says deglobalization will make climate action much more difficult. (IMF photo)

Amid growing calls to deglobalize the economy, Raghuram Rajan says not so fast. Rajan, a former Governor of the Bank of India and former IMF Chief Economist, delivered this year's Per Jacobsson Lecture, in which he argues that continued globalization is our best chance to tackle climate change. Transcript

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Raghuram Rajan is the Katherine Dusak Miller Distinguished Service Professor of Finance at Chicago Booth.

Global Financial Stability: Navigating the High-Inflation Environment

October 11, 2022

Fabio Natalucci says today's financial landscape is new territory for policymakers. (IMF photo)

Rising risks to the inflation outlook and rapidly changing views about the likely pace of monetary policy tightening have been dominant themes affecting financial stability. The latest Global Financial Stability Report (GFSR) says the Russian invasion of Ukraine has also exerted a material drag on the global recovery from the pandemic and increased financial vulnerabilities. Fabio Natalucci heads the GFSR and Global Financial Markets Monitoring. In this podcast, he says with inflation now at a multi-decade high and tightening financial conditions, it will take time for investors and policymakers to adjust to the new world. Transcript

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Fabio Natalucci is Deputy Director in the Monetary and Capital Markets Department.

Kristalina Georgieva: Navigating a More Fragile World

October 7, 2022

Kristalina Georgieva: "We can survive inflation, we can survive recession; but we cannot survive an unmitigated climate crisis." (IMF photo)

With shock upon shock hitting the world economy in the last three years, IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva's customary opening speech to the Annual Meetings warned of a darker global outlook and emphasized the need for the world to come together to deal with the consequences. The speech was delivered to an audience of students at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and presided over by Dean Joel S. Hellman and Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia. Transcript

Kristalina Georgieva is IMF Managing Director

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