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The IMF invites applications for its Fellowship Program for 2015–16. The program supports policy-relevant research of interest on macroeconomic and financial issues. IMF Fellows, hosted by the Research Department, will spend the year on research, working on topics that are relevant to the work of the IMF.


IMF Global Housing Watch

The International Monetary has launched the Global Housing Watch, 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.


Determinants of Financial Market Spillovers: The Role of Portfolio Diversification, Trade, Home Bias, and Concentration

Author/Editor: Yoko Shinagawa
Financial markets are highly interconnected globally resulting in spillovers across markets. A new IMF paper empirically analyzes the determinants of financial spillovers, finding that larger bilateral portfolio exposure could associate with greater spillovers between two countries’ bond markets. Also, it finds that stronger home bias may lead to less spillovers.


Financial Crises and the Composition of Cross-Border Lending

Author/Editor: Eugenio Cerutti; Galina Hale; Camelia Minoiu
Syndicated loans account for up to one third of cross-border bank loans. A recent IMF paper documents the push and pull factors associated with cross-border syndicated loan exposures and shows they increased markedly during the global financial crisis due to large drawdowns on credit lines.


The Making of a Continental Financial System: Lessons for Europe from Early American History

Author/Editor: Vitor Gaspar
This paper describes how Alexander Hamilton, the first U.S. Treasury Secretary from 1789 to 1795, was successful in building a continental financial system. In this context, he managed to restore financial stability in the face of financial panic in 1792. This early history of financial politics provides insights for Europe today.


Are Non-Euro Area EU Countries Importing Low Inflation from the Euro Area?

Author/Editor: Plamen Iossifov; Jiri Podpiera
What factors have been behind the synchronized disinflation across Europe since end-2011? IMF staff research points to two main drivers: falling world food and energy prices, and disinflationary spillovers from the euro area. The latter have been stronger for exchange-rate peggers and non-euro area countries better integrated in international trade.


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Sampawende J-A. Tapsoba, Fiscal Affairs Department
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Sampawende J-A. Tapsoba works in the Fiscal Affairs Department and has experience on a variety of advanced, emerging, and low-income countries. He holds a PhD in International Economics from Clermont School of Economics (France). His research interests cover international and development economics including inclusive growth, fiscal and monetary policies, regional integration, and foreign aid. He published in academic and policy journals including African Development Review, Economic Modelling, Economics Bulletin, Journal of African Economies, Review of Development Economics, and The World Economy. Read more

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