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21 июля, 17:06

Uganda’s Recipe for Growth

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By IMFBlog July 21, 2017 Construction worker in Uganda (photo: James Akena/Reuters/Newscom) After two decades of steady growth, Uganda’s economy has slowed, and life for Ugandans is not improving fast enough. Drought in the Horn of Africa, regional conflict, and slow credit growth have contributed to this decline, with per capita growth falling to ½ […]

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19 июля, 16:24

IMF Support for the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals

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By Stefania Fabrizio, Roland Kpodar, and Chris Lane July 19, 2017 Versions in عربي (Arabic),  中文 (Chinese), Français (French), 日本語 (Japanese), Русский (Russian), and Español (Spanish) Schoolchildren in line in Mali: Reducing the large gap between men’s and women’s education in some low-income states is one of the 2030 goals which IMF advice can address (photo: Stringer/Reuters/Newscom) Since the adoption […]

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17 июля, 16:17

Chart of the Week: A Golden Aging for Vietnam?

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By IMFBlog July 17, 2017  A worker in a silk factory in Dalat, Vietnam. Encouraging more women to join the workforce and shifting to higher productivity occupations will help the country overcome the impact of an aging population (photo: Gerhard Zwerger-Schoner/imageBroker/Newscom) Vietnam’s demographic dividend is fast turning into a handicap. For decades, working-age Vietnamese made […]

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14 июля, 19:25

Corrosive and Costly Corruption

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By IMFblog July 14, 2017  Corruption can hurt growth and ruin people’s economic chances (photo: Eugene Keebler/iStock) Corruption can lead to pervasive distrust in government, generating violence, civil strife, and conflict. And the results are devastating for people. Another problem is that corruption is costly—particularly for those who are already worse off. IMF research shows […]

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13 июля, 17:19

What We Have Seen and Learned 20 Years After the Asian Financial Crisis

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By Mitsuhiro Furusawa July 13, 2017 Versions in  عربي (Arabic), Bahasa (Indonesia),  中文 (Chinese), Español (Spanish), Français (French),  日本語 (Japanese), Русский (Russian) A trader in Seoul, South Korea: Asia is the largest contributor to global growth (photo: Ryu Seung-il/Polaris/Newscom) Asia today is the fastest-growing region in the world, and the largest contributor to global growth. It has six members of the Group of Twenty advanced […]

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11 июля, 19:09

Peer Pressure: Tax Competition and Developing Economies

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By Michael Keen and Jim Brumby July 11, 2017 Versions in عربي (Arabic), 中文 (Chinese), Français (French),  日本語 (Japanese), Русский (Russian), and Español (Spanish) A salesman checks an iphone in New Delhi, India: governments compete to attract investors with low corporate tax rates (photo: Adnan Abidi/Reuters/Newscom) Economists tend to agree on the importance of competition for a sound […]

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10 июля, 17:32

Chart of the Week: Norway’s Home-Price Boom

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By IMFBlog July 10, 2017  A crane looms over the city of Oslo, Norway: Constraints on new construction limit the supply of housing, driving up prices (photo: Ingram Publishing/Newscom) Think Londoners and New Yorkers have it bad when it comes to sky-high house prices? Residents of Oslo have reason to gripe, too. House prices in […]

07 июля, 17:13

Transparency Pays: Emerging Markets Share More Data

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By Sangyup Choi and Stephanie Medina Cas July 7, 2017 Versions in عربي (Arabic), 中文 (Chinese), 日本語, Français (French), (Japanese), Português (Portuguese), and Русский (Russian) On the move in Mexico City, Mexico: emerging market economies that are transparent with their data can lower their borrowing costs (photo: Edgard Garrido/Reuters/Newscom) If sunlight is the best disinfectant, as US Supreme Court […]

05 июля, 18:17

No Time to Stand Still: Strengthening Global Growth and Building Inclusive Economies

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By Christine Lagarde July 5, 2017 Versions in عربي (Arabic), 中文 (Chinese), Français (French), Deutsch (German), 日本語 (Japanese), Русский (Russian), and Español (Spanish) The port of Hamburg, Germany: G20 leaders meet to discuss policies to strengthen the global economic recovery (photo: Markus Lange/robertharding/Newscom) Nearly sixty years ago, a little-known band called the Beatles arrived in Hamburg, […]

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30 июня, 16:22

Chart of the Week: Ireland’s Fight Against Income Inequality

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By IMFBlog June 30, 2017 Shoppers in Dublin, Ireland: the country has high income inequality, before taxes and transfers (photo: Caro Rupert Oberhaeuser/Newscom) Ireland’s economy continues to recover after a housing market crash in 2008 plunged the country into a deep and severe crisis. The strong social welfare system provided an important cushion against the […]

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29 июня, 18:55

Migration and Remittances in Latin America and the Caribbean: Brain Drain Versus Economic Stabilization

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By Svetlana Cerovic and Kimberly Beaton June 29, 2017 Versions in Español (Spanish) and Português (Portuguese) People waiting to withdraw money in La Cruz, Costa Rica: emigrants from Latin America send home sizable remittances (photo: Juan Carlos Ulate/Reuters/Newscom) Many people from Latin America and the Caribbean live and work abroad. Migrants have been motivated to leave […]

26 июня, 20:26

Assessing Global Imbalances: The Nuts and Bolts

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By Maurice Obstfeld June 26, 2017 Versions in عربي (Arabic), 中文 (Chinese), Español (Spanish), Français (French), 日本語 (Japanese), and Русский (Russian) Men playing chess: countries with rapidly aging populations need funds that they can draw down when their workers retire (photo: Caro/Jandke/Newscom) Current account imbalances can be healthy or a sign of macroeconomic and financial stress—which makes their evaluation tricky. In line with its mandate of […]