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Growing Older: Germany Needs Reforms

2019-03-26T18:06:29-04:00June 29, 2016|

By Enrica Detragiache, Jean-Marc Natal, and Joana Pereira

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Germany, a champion of structural reform prescriptions within the European Union, needs a large dose of the same medicine at home, too. Beyond public investment in transport and telecommunications, and more competition in services, dealing with an aging population needs urgent attention. With the right policies, Germany can bring more people into the workforce—and for longer—to counter the demographic trend, argues a recent study accompanying the regular health check of the German economy by the International Monetary Fund.

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Hélène Poirson Ward

2020-08-06T11:18:26-04:00August 5, 2020|

Hélène Poirson Ward is Deputy Division Chief in the Strategy, Policy and Review Department of the IMF, where she leads the work on macro policy issues, including fiscal space, unconventional monetary policy and spillovers. Previously she worked in the European Department, where she was desk for France and Germany, and in the Asia Pacific Department, where she was desk for India and Malaysia. Her research focuses on external debt and growth, exchange rate regime choice, financial globalization, growth and financial spillovers and managing external volatility with multiple policy levers.  

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