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Chrystia Freeland and Kristalina Georgieva: Budgeting for Gender Equity

May 07, 2021


Rana Foroohar on the Economic and Social Force of Big Tech

April 30, 2021


Sub-Saharan Africa Outlook: Navigating a Long Pandemic

April 15, 2021


Averting a COVID-19 Debt Trap

April 09, 2021


World Economic Outlook: Divergent Recoveries

April 06, 2021


Global Financial Stability and Interest Rates

April 06, 2021


Kristalina Georgieva: A Time of Promise and Danger

April 01, 2021


Commercial Real Estate Under Pressure

March 29, 2021


Google's Ruth Porat with David Miliband and Kristalina Georgieva on What's Next

March 26, 2021


Romain Duval on Rising Market Power

March 18, 2021


Janet Yellen and Kristalina Georgieva talk Womenomics

March 08, 2021


Ruchir Agarwal on the Benefits of Nurturing Talent

March 01, 2021


Where you Live = How You Live: Inequality of Opportunity in India

February 26, 2021


Kristalina Georgieva: Resilience in a New Shock-Prone World

February 19, 2021


Dr Alice Evans: Feminist Activism to Close the Gender Gap

February 11, 2021


Roxana Mihet on Financial Innovation and Rising Inequality

February 04, 2021


Equitable Vaccine Rollout, Policy Support Key to Financial Stability

January 27, 2021


Impact of AI on Developing Economies

January 25, 2021


Binyamin Appelbaum: Distribution Matters

December 22, 2020


Wenjie Chen: Real-Time Data Shows Widening Gender Gap

December 17, 2020


Ekkehard Ernst and Sabina Dewan on the Growing Precarity of Work

December 11, 2020


Ian Goldin on Data and Statistics: Signposts in the Fog

December 03, 2020


Ulrich Volz: Pandemic is but a Prelude to Looming Climate Crisis

November 12, 2020


Jihad Azour: Policies to Help Middle East, North Africa Emerge Stronger

November 03, 2020


Sub-Saharan Africa Faced with Regaining Lost Ground

October 22, 2020


Michael Kremer: Investing in Vaccines Now Would Buy Time, Save $Billions

October 20, 2020


Unprecedented Fiscal Response to an Unprecedented Crisis

October 14, 2020


Global Financial Stability: Policy Support Builds Bridge to Recovery

October 12, 2020


Kristalina Georgieva: The Long Ascent from the Depths of the Crisis

October 06, 2020


Kristalina Georgieva Talks Inequality with Oxfam

September 25, 2020


Small Elephants Play Big Role in Fighting Climate Change

September 21, 2020


Rethinking Work During and After Lockdown

August 28, 2020


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

July 30, 2020


Paul Krugman on Zombie ideas and Economic Recovery

July 16, 2020


Kristalina Georgieva and David Pilling on Africa’s Outlook

July 10, 2020


Systemic Hazards and the Spheres of Well-Being

July 01, 2020


Vietnam: A Remarkable Response with Limited Means

June 28, 2020


Digitalizing Sub-Saharan Africa

June 25, 2020


Migration Part and Parcel of Healthy Global Economy

June 18, 2020


Safeguarding Food Security in sub-Saharan Africa

June 03, 2020


Ralph Chami: Umbilical Cord of Remittances Under Threat

May 29, 2020


Jonathan Ostry on How Pandemics Widen the Gap

May 18, 2020


Sub-Saharan Africa: COVID-19 A Threat to Development

May 12, 2020


Jihad Azour: Middle East, Central Asia Face Perfect Storm Amid COVID-19

May 04, 2020


Epidemiologists Help Steer Economy Through COVID-19

April 23, 2020


Fiscal Policy Provides Lifelines to People, Economies

April 14, 2020


Global Financial Stability Amid Covid-19 Pandemic

April 14, 2020


Kristalina Georgieva: Confronting the Covid-19 Crisis

April 09, 2020


Abebe Aemro Selassie: What Covid-19 Means for sub-Saharan Africa

March 27, 2020


Jason Braganza: Africa's Debt Further Complicates Recovery

March 22, 2020


Ian Parry: Why A Carbon Tax Makes Sense

June 28, 2019


David Dollar on the Value of Value Chains

June 14, 2019


Fanwell Bokosi on Taming Africa’s Debt Beast

June 05, 2019


Andrew Steer on How Fiscal Policies Can Help Save the Planet

May 17, 2019


African Continental Free Trade Area a Potential Game Changer

May 08, 2019


Nature Is Our Capital: Sir David Attenborough and Christine Lagarde

May 02, 2019


House Prices and Global Financial Stability

April 30, 2019


Three Chief Economists on Why Income Inequality Matters

April 25, 2019


Sawsan Gharaibeh: Curbing Corruption at Heart of Development

April 19, 2019


The Economics of Conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa

April 12, 2019


Vulnerabilities in a Maturing Credit Cycle

April 10, 2019


Patrick Imam on Citizenship and Growth

April 02, 2019


Spotting Global Risks Through Global Collaboration

March 20, 2019


Charlotte Cavaille: Populism, Immigrants and the Welfare State

March 06, 2019


Petra Moser on Italian Opera, World Fairs and Innovation

February 22, 2019


Amadou Sy: Fintech Breaking Down Barriers in Africa

February 13, 2019


David Coady: Strong Safety Nets Strong Growth

January 30, 2019


Maryam Farboodi on Big Data and Bigger Firms

January 24, 2019


Michal Rutkowski: Industrial-Era Welfare Policies are Falling Short

January 07, 2019


Sharan Burrow: Social Protections in the Age of Technology

December 22, 2018


Keith Mitchell on Catastrophe Risk Insurance: Time is Not on Our Hands

November 17, 2017

Grenada’s Prime Minister Keith Mitchell puts devastating hurricane season into perspective. (IMF photo)

In September 2017, the Caribbean was hit by the most powerful Atlantic hurricane in recorded history. Irma’s 185 mile per hour winds left several countries devastated. During a seminar on sovereign debt at the IMF World-Bank Annual meetings, Grenada’s Prime Minister and chair of CARICOM, Keith Mitchell, said catastrophe risk insurance could help vulnerable countries mitigate some of the risk from increasingly severe weather patterns.


Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada and chair of the Caribbean Community CARICOM

Madhur Deora on India’s Digital Payment Boom

November 09, 2017

Madhur Deora (PayTM). Mobile payment platforms in India are providing small loans to people who’ve never had access to credit (IMF photo).

When the government of India last year declared that much of its currency in circulation would cease to be legal tender, digital transactions surged. Mobile payment platforms like PayTM stepped in to fill the void, and in the process are providing financial services to millions of people unable to open a traditional bank account. In this podcast, PayTM’s Madhur Deora, says financial technology is having an impact on India’s development. Deora joined a seminar about Fintech, during the IMF World-Bank Annual Meetings.


Madhur Deora, PayTM Chief Financial Officer

Sub-Saharan Africa: The Path to Recovery

October 30, 2017

Oil pipeline in Otu Jerenmi, Nigeria: A rebound in Nigeria’s oil production is helping boost growth (photo: George Esirie/ Reuters/Newscom)

The IMF's latest regional economic outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa suggests the broad-based slowdown in sub-Saharan Africa is easing. In this podcast, co-author Jarek Wieczorek, says growth is up slightly from last year, but so is public debt. "If we maintain the trend we saw in the last 3 years, the debt will become unsustainable in many sub-Saharan African countries.”


Jarek Wieczorek, Head of the Regional Studies Division in the IMF’s African Department

Lesetja Kganyago: South African Reserve Bank’s Contract with Society

October 20, 2017

Lesetja Kganyago, South Africa’s Central Bank Governor says new technology can help fight corruption (IMF photo).

As new technology rapidly transforms the financial services sector, central bankers are faced with mitigating risks without stifling innovation. But In this podcast, South Africa’s Central Bank Governor, Lesetja Kganyago, says inflation, currency depreciation, and political uncertainty remain his biggest challenges. Kganyago joined a panel discussion on what Fintech means for central banking during the 2017 IMF World-Bank Annual Meetings in Washington.


Lesetja Kganyago, Governor of the South African Reserve Bank
@KganyagoLesetja

Maurice Obstfeld: What Lies Behind the Global Recovery

October 10, 2017

IMF Chief Economist Maurice Obstfeld, says global recovery is continuing, and at faster pace. (IMF photo)

The latest forecasts from the International Monetary Fund show global growth is on the rise. A very different picture from early last year, when the world economy faced faltering growth and financial market turbulence. In this podcast, IMF Chief Economist Maurice Obstfeld, delves into the current trends behind this recent upswing.


Maurice Obstfeld: What Lies Behind the Global Recovery

IMF iLab: New Space for Innovation

October 06, 2017

Tristan Walker, Head of the IMF’s new Innovation Lab (IMF photo).

The technological revolution has far reaching implications and is rapidly changing the way the world does business. But technology also offers the potential for finding solutions to some of the challenges facing the global economy. To encourage creative thinking among its economists, the IMF recently opened an innovation lab. In this podcast, Tristan Walker, first iLab Chief, says innovation will help make the institution more agile.


Tristan Walker, Innovation Lab Unit Chief

Laszlo Varro: Climate Change Shaping Energy Policy

September 25, 2017

International Energy Agency’s Laszlo Varro, says electricity sector is moving towards renewable energy in a very determined fashion (Photo: International Energy Agency).

80 percent of the world’s energy consumption is based on fossil fuels which account for most of the greenhouse gas emissions that are warming the planet. Climate change is affecting the global economy and has become a defining feature in energy policy making. In this podcast, International Energy Agency Chief Economist, Laszlo Varro, says while efforts to reduce carbon emissions are generally off track, technological progress and investment momentum in the clean energy sector are reasons for optimism.


Laszlo Varro, Chief Economist for the International Energy Agency

Gaining an Edge with Big Data

September 13, 2017

Mobile-phone and internet users leave behind increasingly detailed traces that are valuable to Big Data companies (photo: Ingram Publishing/Newscom).

Good data and statistics can help drive economies and are the basis for sound policy decisions in both private and public sectors. The advent of ‘big data’ poses opportunities for private companies and public institutions to better understand today`s economic and social trends. A new study by the IMF shows how big data can also provide valuable insight for economic and financial analysis. In this podcast, coauthor Diane Kostroch discusses the benefits and the challenges that come with big data.


Diane Kostroch, IMF economist, Statistics Department.

Benno Ndulu: Champion of Inclusion

August 30, 2017

Tanzania Bank Governor Benno Ndulu, says inclusive policies offer growing youth population opportunities to make a living and stay away from trouble (IMF photo)

Only a third of adults in sub-Saharan Africa have a bank account, and in this podcast, Tanzania Bank Governor, Benno Ndulu, says the lack of access to financial services is a key constraint on the region’s economic growth. Ndulu is a champion for bringing financial services to the poorest segments of society and as the current Chair of the Board of the Alliance for Financial Inclusion, he has helped pioneer some of the most innovative policy approaches to extending the financial system to the unbanked. This conversation with Benno Ndulu is featured in the September 2017 issue of Finance and Development Magazine.


Benno Ndulu, Bank of Tanzania Governor, and Chair of the Board of the Alliance for Financial Inclusion.

Mthuli Ncube: Building Blocks for Africa’s Growth

August 17, 2017

Electricity pylons, Cape Town. Frequent power shortages cause problems for businesses in South Africa. (photo: Mike Hutchings/Reuters /Newscom).

While Africa’s workforce expands, the lack of modern and efficient infrastructure is inhibiting economic growth. The prospect of building power plants and transportation networks is daunting for many countries with limited resources, but in this podcast, former Chief Economist of the African Development Bank, Mthuli Ncube, says reducing risks for private sector investors could help Africa build the infrastructure it so desperately needs.


Mthuli Ncube, Managing Director of Quantum Global Research Lab, visiting professor at Oxford University, and co-editor of Infrastructure in Africa: Lessons for Future Development

Growing Pains: Malawi’s Struggle with Hunger, Climate Change

August 07, 2017

Children eating maize porridge at Demera school in Central Malawi. Providing food helps prevent school dropouts during a food crisis. (photo: IMF/Bruce Edwards)

Extreme weather has hit Malawi’s economy hard over the last two years. Severe flooding followed by a drought—the worst in its history—caused widespread crop failure and placed 6.7 million people at risk of starvation. But a remarkable humanitarian effort helped reduce the impact of the drought on the most vulnerable segment of the population. An increase by the IMF to the amount of resources it provides to Malawi, as well as sizable contributions from Malawi’s development partners like the World Food Program and the World Bank, enabled the country to address the worst humanitarian crisis in its history.


Oral Williams: IMF Mission Chief for Malawi
Jack Ree: IMF Resident Representative in Malawi
Goodall Gondwe: Malawi’s Finance Minister
Ben Botolo: Malawi’s Secretary to the Treasury
Coco Ushiyama: World Food Program Representative for Malawi
Roisin DeBurca: Unicef’s Deputy Director for Malawi
Laura Kullenberg: Country Manager for the World Bank in Malawi
Richard Record: Senior Country Economist for the World Bank in Malawi

Eswar Prasad on the Curious Rise of the Renminbi

July 21, 2017

Eswar Prasad, Tolani Senior Professor of Trade Policy at Cornell University (IMF photo).

As China’s economy catches up in size with that of the United States, some predict the renminbi will soon challenge the dollar’s dominance in international finance. But in this podcast, Cornell University’s Eswar Prasad says there are limits to how far China’s currency can go without undertaking significant domestic reforms. Prasad, a former IMF economist himself, was invited to IMF headquarters in Washington to talk about his latest book Gaining Currency: The Rise of the Renminbi

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Eswar Prasad, Professor of Trade Policy and Economics at Cornell University, Senior Fellow at the Brookings institution, and author.

Uganda: Rising Debt and the Promise of Oil

July 13, 2017

Construction worker in Hoima town, Uganda. More infrastructure and oil sector investment could boost growth (photo: JAMES AKENA/REUTERS/Newscom).

Drought, regional conflict, and slow credit growth are taking their toll on Uganda's economy. While per-capita growth has hovered around 5 percent for the last 20 years, the IMFs latest economic assessment shows it has fallen to 1/2 percent. In this podcast, the report's coauthor Axel Schimmelpfennig, says some strategic infrastructure investment and Uganda's untapped oil reserves could help turn things around.

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Axel Schimmelpfennig, IMF Mission Chief for Uganda.

Growth in the Shadows: Sub-Saharan Africa’s Informal Economy

June 28, 2017

Makeshift bicycle repair shop in Quelimane, Mozambique. The informal economy is a key component of most economies in sub-Saharan Africa (photo: Ulrich Doering imageBroker/Newscom).

By 2035 sub-Saharan Africa will have more working-age people than the rest of the world’s regions combined. This growing workforce bulge will have to be met with jobs, but the region remains one of the toughest places to do business. Meanwhile, small-unregistered household businesses provide up to 90 percent of jobs outside of agriculture. The IMF’s latest Regional Economic Outlook for sub-Saharan Africa devotes an entire chapter on the informal economy, and in this podcast we speak with economist Ali Mansoor, coauthor of the study.


Ali Mansoor, IMF Division Chief for West Africa, and coauthor of the report.

Tayo Oviosu: Technology Draws More Nigerians Into Banking Fold

June 16, 2017

Tayo Oviosu, speaking at IMF World-Bank Spring meetings panel on Digital Financial Inclusion (IMF photo).

More than two billion people worldwide are without bank accounts, and only one in three adults in sub-Saharan Africa have access to any type of financial services. But Tayo Oviosu, Founder of Nigeria’s leading mobile payment platform says financial technology—or fintech, is making access to finance possible for millions of un-banked Nigerians.


Tayo Oviosu, Founder and CEO of Paga, Nigeria’s mobile payment platform.

Ian Goldin: Disruptive Changes That Will Transform the World

June 07, 2017

Ian Goldin says the present is a contest between the bright and dark sides of discovery (IMF photo).

While science and technology propel us into the future at what some would describe as breakneck speed, Oxford University’s Ian Goldin says we should draw from the past because we’ve been here before. In this podcast, Goldin compares the social division, political extremism and insecurity of the first Age of Discovery in the 15th Century, with what is happening today.


Ian Goldin, founding director of the Oxford Martin School, and Professor of Globalization and Development at Oxford University.

Christine Lagarde: Millennials and the Future of Work

May 31, 2017

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde (IMF photo)

While millions of young people enter the labor market every year, the chance of landing a traditional full-time job with benefits are getting slim. Global youth unemployment is on the rise and many young people are opting to work in what’s known as the sharing economy. In this podcast, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde shares her thoughts about policies that might help today’s youth better adapt to the changing nature of work.

Read Christine Lagarde’s Straight Talk about millennials and the future of work, in the June 2017 edition of Finance and Development magazine.


Christine Lagarde, IMF Managing Director

Mohamed El-Erian: New Life for the SDR?

May 26, 2017

Mohamed El-Erian, speaking at IMF World-Bank Spring Meetings (IMF photo).

The IMF’s Special Drawing Rights have failed to gain real traction in the international monetary system, but Mohamed El-Erian, Chief Economic Advisor at Allianz and former IMF Deputy Director, believes a greater role for the SDR in global markets could help strengthen the world economy.


Mohamed El-Erian, Chief Economic Advisor at Allianz, and former IMF Deputy Director.

Patrick Murck: The Changing Face of Financial Services

May 12, 2017

Patrick Murck, speaking at the FinTech and the Transormation of Financial Services seminar during 2017 IMF World-Bank Spring meetings (IMF photo)

FinTech—or financial technology—is poised to revolutionize how the world does business. It could open new kinds of markets to many more people, but it could also threaten our financial privacy or make illicit financial transactions easier. In this podcast, Fintech expert Patrick Murck describes the coming transformation and its pitfalls.


Patrick Murck, fellow at the Harvard Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, and a Special Counsel at Cooley LLP.

Sub-Saharan Africa: Restarting the Growth Engine

May 08, 2017

Shopfront in Kenya. Strong business environment helps economic diversification (photo: Gettyimages/Harry Hook).

The IMF's latest regional economic outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa shows growth has fallen to its lowest level in twenty years. In this podcast, co-author Céline Allard, says while some countries like Senegal and Kenya continue to experience growth rates higher than 6 percent, growth has slowed for two thirds of countries in the region bringing down average growth in 2016 to 1.4 percent.


Céline Allard, Head of the Regional Studies Division in the IMF’s African Department

Hal Varian: The Productivity Paradox

April 28, 2017

Google’s Chief Economist, Hal Varian at Productivity in the Age of Fewer, Older Workers Spring Meetings seminar (IMF photo)

The labor force 30 years from now will look very different as working-age populations in advanced economies start to shrink. While some today worry they’ll lose their jobs to robots, economists like Google’s Hal Varian, wonder if technology will boost productivity enough to compensate for the shifting demographics. Varian, and Harvard’s David Canning, discussed the topic during an IMF World-Bank Spring Meetings seminar earlier this month.


Hal Varian, Google’s Chief Economist and an Emeritus Professor at UC Berkeley.
David Canning, Professor of Population Sciences, Economics and Intl Health, Harvard University, Department of Global Health and Population.

IMF World Economic Outlook

April 18, 2017

IMF Economic Counselor, Maurice Obstfeld (photo: IMF)

The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook projects global growth at 3.5 percent in 2017 and 3.6 percent in 2018. In this podcast, IMF Chief Economist Maurice Obstfeld says global growth is gaining momentum.


Maurice Obstfeld, IMF Economic Counselor

Bank Capital: How Much is Enough?

April 14, 2017

Large international banks are now required to hold 15.5 percent of capital under the Basel III. (photo: Vennem/Newscom)

The 2008 global financial crisis exposed the vulnerability of banks that do not hold enough capital. The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision has since revised capital requirements for banks. In this podcast, we ask IMF economist Lev Ratnovski, how much capital banks need to hold to avert another crisis.


Lev Ratnovski, Senior Economist in the IMF’s Research Department.

Muna AbuSulayman: Gender Equity in Saudi Arabia

April 04, 2017

World Economic Forum ranked Muna AbuSulayman one of the most influential Muslim women for her work in media, gender, and education (photo: WEF/ Norbert Schiller).

Muna AbuSulayman, is founder and co-host of the most popular social issues program on Arab television. Kalam Nawaem tackles controversial topics and has been pushing social boundaries in the region for 15 years. In this podcast, AbuSulayman says Arab women should be free to achieve their goals without cultural or economic barriers.


Muna AbuSulayman, Co-founder of Meedan.com, a news hub for Arab youth and women.

John Evans: Navigating Today’s Labor Market

March 24, 2017

John Evans, head of the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD (photo: MAYA VIDON/EPA/Newscom)

Labor unions around the world are having to adapt to a fast changing labor market. John Evans heads the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD, and represents some 65 million organized workers worldwide. In this podcast, Evans says workers are caught in the middle of rapid technological change and slow global growth.
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John Evans, General Secretary of the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD

Jamie Drummond: Invest in Africa or Else

March 15, 2017

ONE co-founder Jamie Drummond, says Africa’s population boom presents an opportunity for the region and the world. (photo: Mark Doyle / Splash News/Newscom)

As the Group of Twenty finance ministers and central bank governors meet in Germany this week, policymakers are looking at ways to increase investment in Africa. ONE Campaign’s Jamie Drummond says investing into the education, employment and empowerment of this generation of Africans will help create jobs and curb migration into Europe.
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Jamie Drummond, Co-Founder and Executive Director of The ONE Campaign

Hilma Mote: Africa Must Make Women a Priority

March 08, 2017

Hilma Mote, African Regional Organization of the International Trade Union Confederation (photo: Boris Buchholz / IPPNW).

Global trade union leaders gathered at the IMF in February to discuss how workers are being impacted by the changing global economy. In this podcast, Hilma Mote, of the African Region’s International Trade Union Confederation talks about the challenges African youth, especially women are facing with the continent’s rapidly growing labor force.

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Hilma Mote, Executive Director of the Africa Labor research and education Institute, ITUC-Africa.

Eric Hanushek: More One Knows, Faster One Grows

March 03, 2017

Eric Hanushek, economist at Stanford University, says more skills lead to stronger growth. (Juan Lopez/La Nacion de Argentina/Newscom).

There is a strong connection between human capital and economic growth, and in this podcast, Eric Hanushek says societies that invest a lot in the cognitive skills of their people grow significantly faster. Hanushek studies the relationship between education policy and economic outcomes at Stanford University.

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Eric Hanushek, Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University.

Alec Ross on The Industries of the Future

February 24, 2017

Author Alec Ross says data is the raw material of the information age (photo: picture alliance / Tobias Hase/Newscom).

In this podcast we speak with author Alec Ross about his new book The Industries of the Future. Ross says 90 percent of the world’s data has been produced in the last two years, so those businesses that own or harvest a meaning from all this data will be leading the pack. Ross has served as Senior Advisor for Innovation to the US Secretary of State.

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Alec Ross, Distinguished Senior Fellow at Johns Hopkins University.

Sharan Burrow, on Regaining Trust

February 17, 2017

Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation speaking at IMF, Washington, DC (IMF photo)

Every two years, the IMF and World-Bank invites global labor union leaders to discuss the global economy and the implications for the labor force. In this podcast, Sharan Burrow, head of the world’s largest trade union federation, says collective action is needed to help better distribute the benefits of growth, if institutions are to regain trust from working people.

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Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation

Barry Eichengreen: Asia’s Ascent and the Global Monetary System

February 08, 2017

Barry Eichengreen, speaking about Asia in the global economy at 2016 IMF World-Bank Annual Meetings (IMF photo).

With Asia’s recent growth comes a growing responsibility within the global economy. In this podcast, Barry Eichengreen, Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, breaks down the weight of that responsibility and how Asia can rise to fulfill it.


Barry Eichengreen, George C. Pardee and Helen N. Pardee Professor of Economics and Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley.

Mining for Revenues: Alexandra Readhead on Transfer Pricing

January 31, 2017

Open pit gold mine, Tanzania. New report says mineral-rich African countries losing millions in potential tax revenue from mining industry (photo: Karl Schoemaker-Work At Play).

While many African countries have enjoyed significant revenues from the mining industry in recent years, a new study published by the Natural Resource Governance Institute suggests tax revenues from mining could be much higher if transfer pricing rules were enforced. In this podcast, we speak with the report’s author Alexandra Readhead.


Alexandra Readhead, independent consultant and author of Preventing Tax Base Erosion in Africa

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 TransparencySchool.org

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.