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Annual Research Conference

The Eighteenth Jacques Polak Annual Research Conference took place on November 2–3, 2017 at its headquarters in Washington D.C. The theme of this year’s conference was “The Global Financial Cycle.” The conference provided a forum for discussing innovative research from both within and outside the IMF, and to facilitate the exchange of views among researchers and policymakers. Barry Eichengreen (University of California, Berkeley) delivered the Mundell-Fleming Lecture on Trade Policy and the Macroeconomy. Read more...


News Shocks in Open Economies: Evidence from Giant Oil Discoveries

Author/Editor: Rabah Arezki, Valerie A Ramey, and Liugang Sheng.
This paper explores the effect of news shocks on the current account and other macroeconomic variables using worldwide giant oil discoveries as a directly observable measure of news shocks about future output. After an oil discovery, the current account and saving rate decline for the first 5 years and then rise sharply during the ensuing years. Investment rises robustly soon after the news arrives, while GDP does not increase until after 5 years. Employment rates fall slightly for a sustained period of time. Read more...


IMF Global Housing Watch

The Global Housing Watch is a webpage that tracks developments in housing markets across the world on a quarterly basis. The Housing Watch provides current data on house prices as well as metrics used to assess valuation in housing markets, such as house price-to-rent and house-price-to-income ratios. Access the data and read the latest report.


World Economic Outlook

NEW: Brighter Prospects, Optimistic Markets, Challenges Ahead, January 2018

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Global Financial Stability Report

October 2017

Is Growth at Risk?

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Fiscal Monitor

October 2017

Tackling Inequality


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Regional Economic Reports

October 2017

Discuss recent economic developments and prospects for countries in various regions.

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G-20 Surveillance Notes
G-20 Surveillance Notes

Notes provided by the IMF staff ahead of a series of meetings held by the G-20 deputies and ministers.

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Macro Research for Development

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Having weathered the 2008-09 financial crises, most low-income countries (LICs) have reported steady growth since early 2010.

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