The Uneven Path Ahead: The Effect of Brexit on Different Sectors in the UK Economy

December 4th, 2018|

By Jiaqian Chen

December 4, 2018

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A UK border agency worker holds a passport: As a member of the European Union, free labor mobility has enabled the UK to hire talent from across the EU (photo: Mac Gregor/Reuters/Newscom)

The United Kingdom is set to leave the European Union in March 2019. Our research suggests that all likely Brexit outcomes will entail an economic cost for the UK, and these costs would be unevenly spread across different sectors and regions. Continue reading “The Uneven Path Ahead: The Effect of Brexit on Different Sectors in the UK Economy” »

A Planet at Risk Requires Multilateral Action

December 3rd, 2018|

Signe Krogstrup and Maurice Obstfeld

 December 3, 2018

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A wolf in the snow: the planet isn’t crying wolf as man’s economic activities reach a scale where the global climate is at risk (photo: ImageBroker/ David MichaSheldon/Newscom)

The COP-21 Paris Agreement limiting greenhouse gas emissions was a major achievement on the road to meeting the threat of climate change. But as the evidence becomes increasingly unambiguous that human activity is destabilizing the Earth’s climate and biosphere, policymakers will need to do more. Continue reading “A Planet at Risk Requires Multilateral Action” »

Economic Gains from Gender Inclusion: Even Greater than You Thought

November 28th, 2018|

By Christine Lagarde and Jonathan D. Ostry

November 28, 2018

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Raising women’s participation in the workforce can give a bigger boost to growth than previously thought (photo: Ahrens/Steinbach Projekte/fotogloria/Newscom)

Despite some progress, the gaps in labor force participation between men and women remain large. Continue reading “Economic Gains from Gender Inclusion: Even Greater than You Thought” »

G20: Step Up to Boost Inclusive Growth

November 28th, 2018|

By Christine Lagarde

November 28, 2018

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Puerto Madero harbor, Buenos Aires, Argentina: G20 countries will need to act swiftly and together to boost inclusive growth (photo: Florian Kopp imageBROKER/Newscom)

As G20 leaders gather in Argentina, the global economy faces a critical juncture. Continue reading “G20: Step Up to Boost Inclusive Growth” »

Chart of the Week: Grading the G-20 on its Growth Goals

November 19th, 2018|

By Helge Berger and Margaux MacDonald

November 19, 2018 

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Growth is stronger in the G-20 but progress toward more balanced, sustainable, and inclusive growth is slow (photo: Egon Bömsch imageBROKER/Newscom)

This blog is dedicated to the memory of Giang Ho, an IMF economist who died suddenly this past August. Her efforts and ingenuity were critical to carrying out this analytical work. We miss her and will never forget her. 
Continue reading “Chart of the Week: Grading the G-20 on its Growth Goals” »

Women, Technology, and the Future of Work

November 16th, 2018|

By Era Dabla-Norris and Kalpana Kochhar

November 16, 2018

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Women are currently underrepresented in fields experiencing job growth, such as engineering and information and communication technology (photo: Vgajic/iStock by Getty Images)

The way we work is changing at an unprecedented rate. Digitalization, artificial intelligence, and machine learning are eliminating many jobs involving low and middle-skill routine tasks through automation. Continue reading “Women, Technology, and the Future of Work” »

Sounding the Alarm on Leveraged Lending

November 15th, 2018|

By Tobias Adrian, Fabio Natalucci, and Thomas Piontek

November 15, 2018

A drilling crew member raises a pipe on an oil rig in Texas: Energy is among the industries in which leveraged lending is most prevalent, along with telecommunications, health care, and technology (photo: Nick Oxford/Reuters/Newscom)

We warned in the most recent Global Financial Stability Report that speculative excesses in some financial markets may be approaching a threatening level. Continue reading “Sounding the Alarm on Leveraged Lending” »

Chart of the Week: Bye Bye Baby—How Crises Affect Fertility Rates

November 13th, 2018|

By IMFBlog

November 13, 2018

Increasing access to affordable and high-quality childcare can make it easier for families to have more children (photo: Franziska Kraufmann/dpa/Newscom)

The global financial crisis a decade ago and the resulting recession left long-lasting scars on future growth in more ways than one. Continue reading “Chart of the Week: Bye Bye Baby—How Crises Affect Fertility Rates” »

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