Five Actions to Strengthen the Euro Area Banking Union

December 14th, 2018|

By Atilla Arda, Daniel Hardy, and Maike B. Luedersen

December 14, 2018

View of skyscrapers in the banking district in Frankfurt am Main, Germany: Progress has been made, but more needs to be done to strengthen the euro area’s banking union (photo: imageBROKER/Stefan Ziese/Newscom)

Dealing with problem banks in a prompt, efficient, and even-handed manner is essential for the European banking union. Continue reading “Five Actions to Strengthen the Euro Area Banking Union” »

Chart of the Week: Sub-Saharan Africa’s Growth—A Tale of Different Experiences

December 13th, 2018|

By IMFBlog

December 13, 2018

Villagers of Moruleng mining community in South Africa; Sub-Saharan Africa countries can see an increase in growth by relying less on commodities and more on non-resource intensive investments. (Photo: SIPHIWE SIBEKI/Reuters/Newscom)

The story of Africa’s growth rate over recent years is a tale with several story lines.  Continue reading “Chart of the Week: Sub-Saharan Africa’s Growth—A Tale of Different Experiences” »

Top 5 Blogs on Climate Change

December 12th, 2018|

By IMFBlog

December 12, 2018

An arctic fox: climate change means Arctic ice has declined by 95 percent, according to recent science (photo: National Geographic/Newscom)

Mother Nature is trying to tell us something.  As the heat literally rises in so many ways, people have gathered in Poland for the United Nation’s latest Climate Summit, known as the COP24.  Continue reading “Top 5 Blogs on Climate Change” »

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” »

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