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From the Editor

Latin America Gets Its Groove on

In Brief

IMF head calls for systemic reform; Shady business; Nursery school; IMF launches Spanish blog; Progress in Paris; Nemat Shafik joins IMF; Hope for Haiti

People in Economics

Residual Brilliance

Atish Rex Ghosh in conversation with economist Robert Solow

Picture This

A History of World Debt

S. Ali Abbas, Nazim Belhocine, Asmaa El-Ganainy, and Mark Horton
How public debt has changed since 1880

Back to Basics

What Are Financial Services?

Irena Asmundson
How consumers and businesses acquire financial goods such as loans and insurance

Book Reviews

The Next Convergence: The Future of Economic Growth in a Multispeed World, Michael Spence

When Money Dies: The Nightmare of Deficit Spending, Devaluation, and Hyperinflation in Weimar Germany, Adam Fergusson

Moneymakers: The Wicked Lives and Surprising Adventures of Three Notorious Counterfeiters, Ben Tarnoff

Data Spotlight

Branching Out

Atsushi Oshima and James A. Chan
Access to basic financial services in low-income countries is growing

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