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The Cost of Corruption for the Young

January 18, 2017

Sergejus Muravjovas speaking about impact of corruption on youth at 2016 IMF World-Bank Annual meetings (IMF photo).

Corruption, in its many forms, affects people from every walk of life, in every country. While it does not discriminate based on age, young people are affected by corruption in ways that can follow them throughout their careers. In this podcast, anti-corruption leader Sergejus Muravjovas, talks about the ways in which youth are fighting back.

Sergejus Muravjovas, Executive Director at Transparency International Lithuania and founder of

Thomas Friedman on Warp Speed Digital Globalization

January 11, 2017

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman presenting new book to economists and development professionals at IMF (IMF photo).

New York Times columnist and best-selling author Thomas Friedman, says our lives are being transformed in so many realms at once- it’s dizzying. In this podcast, Friedman talks about his new book, Thank You for Being Late, An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations.

Thomas Friedman, New York Times columnist and best-selling author.

Julie Delahanty on Gender-Conscious Budgets

January 05, 2017

Julie Delahanty, Oxfam Canada (photo: Women’s Executive Network).

Julie Delahanty has done extensive work on the disenfranchisement of women due to the lack of equal opportunity. Delahanty is the Executive Director of Oxfam Canada, and joined a panel discussion during the IMF conference on Reducing the Gender Gap. In this podcast, Delahanty says vulnerable women are the most negatively affected by rising inequality.

Julie Delahanty, Executive Director of Oxfam Canada

Douglas Irwin on Trade: Reality vs Perception

December 19, 2016

Douglas Irwin, John Sloan Dickey Third Century Professor in Social Sciences, Department of Economics at Dartmouth College (El Pais Photos/Newscom).

Who benefits from free trade and who doesn’t? The realities don’t always match people’s perceptions. In this podcast, economist and free trade expert Douglas Irwin addresses some of the controversies. Irwin participated in a seminar entitled Making Trade an Engine of Growth for All at this year’s IMF/World Bank Annual Meetings.

Douglas Irwin, John Sloan Dickey Third Century Professor in Social Sciences in the Department of Economics at Dartmouth College

Ravi Kanbur: Political Dimensions of Data and Statistics

December 09, 2016

Ravi Kanbur delivering keynote speech at Fourth IMF Statistical Forum, November 2016 (IMF photo)

Ravi Kanbur says statistics are fundamentally political in nature and in import. Kanbur is Professor of Economics at Cornell University and gave the keynote speech at the Fourth IMF Statistical forum on Statistics for Inclusive Growth, held in November 2016. In this podcast, Kanbur says data doesn’t always reflect the reality on the ground when it comes to poverty and inequality.

Ravi Kanbur, T. H. Lee Professor of World Affairs and Professor of Economics at Cornell University

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