Top 20 — iMFdirect’s Top 20 list

Three years after the launch of iMFdirect as a forum for discussing economic issues around the world, we look back at some of our most popular posts.

The IMF blog has helped stimulate considerable debate about economic policy in the current crisis, on events in Europe and around the world in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East, on fiscal adjustment, on regulating the financial sector, and the future of macroeconomics--as economists learn lessons from the Great Recession.

As readers struggled to understand the implications of the crisis, our most popular post by far was IMF Chief Economist Olivier Blanchard's Four Hard Truths, a look back at 2011 and the economic lessons for the future.

Here's our Top 20 list of our most popular posts by subject (from more than 300 posts):

1.  Global Crisis: Four Hard Truths; Driving With the Brakes On

2.  Financial Stability: What's Still to Be Done?

3.  Fiscal Policy:  Ten Commandments ; Striking the Right Balance

4.  Macroeconomic Policy: Rewriting the Playbook;  Nine Tentative Conclusions ; Future Study

5.  Financial Sector:  Fair and Substantial--Taxing the Financial Sector ; Bond markets

6.  Macroprudential policy: Macro ... What?

7.  Lessons from Crisis Countries:  Iceland ; Greece ; Latvia 

8.  EuropeGrowing Pains-Europe's Dilemma ; U.K. ; Eastern Europe

9.  AfricaAfrica and the Great Recession: Changing Times;   Confessions of a Dismal Scientist ; Janus

10. AsiaChina: The Art of Balance ; India Investment ;  Japan Stands Up; Quest for Inclusive growth

11. Middle EastWhy the Arab World Needs an Economic Spring ; Financing the Transition

12. Latin AmericaVulnerabilities Under Construction?

13. United StatesAvoiding Self-Inflicted Wounds

14. Jobs: What Can Be Done? ;  Jobs and Growth

15. Social issues:  Inequality ; Youth: Avoiding  Lost Generation ; Inclusive growth; Women

16. Islamic Finance: Did Islamic Banks in the Gulf Do Better Than Conventional Ones in the Crisis?

17. Pensions: The Financial Impact of Living Longer ;  Pension Reform

18. Climate Change:  Paying the Price for the Future We Want

19. Natural Resources: Escaping the Resource Curse

20.  People:  Remembering Michael Mussa

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  1. Per Kurowski August 23, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    I for one am extremely thankful for the existence of IMFdirect since it has allowed me to seed some of my many doubts about bank regulations in the heart of an institution that has so much, or could have so much, to do with correcting these and that has at least helped me to vent some frustration.

    That said, I have yet to receive an answer by someone in the IMF explaining why I would be wrong in my appreciations or, if I am correct, to see what IMF intends to do about it.

  2. Quinart October 3, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    I think you are right about the economic crisis. The cause of everything is that some want to have more than others. The primitive behaviour. We have to work together in order to maintain life and civilization. Now it is all coming together. We should not make the errors of the past. Regards.

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