William Oman is an economist in the IMF’s Monetary and Capital Markets Department. Previously, he was in the IMF Europe Office in Paris, working on the euro area and France. His research focuses on macrofinancial linkages, international macroeconomics, monetary and macroprudential policy, and climate change. He holds a PhD in economics from Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and an MPA […]
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May 13, 2017
Finance ministers and central bank governors from the G7 countries met in Bari, Italy, this weekend to consider global economic issues, including steps to maintain economic stability and improving gender equality as important agenda items.
Andrew Tiffin is a senior economist in the Regional Studies Division of the IMF’s African Department. In his time at the IMF, Andrew has worked on a range of countries including Ukraine, Russia, Romania, Italy, Lebanon, and Jordan. He has worked extensively on the IMF’s risk-assessment process and other policy issues, and has a current interest in the application of […]
Andrea Schaechter is an advisor in the IMF’s European Department. She has more than 20 years of experience at the IMF, where she was recently the mission chief for Spain and led an IMF-supported program with Romania. She also worked in the IMF’s Fiscal Affairs Department, including as a principal author of the IMF’s Fiscal Monitor, and in the Monetary […]
Luca Antonio Ricci is a Division Chief in the Western Hemisphere Department of the International Monetary Fund. He has been mission chief for Chile, Ecuador, Panama, and Oman. He has published widely in international finance, monetary and fiscal policy, trade, growth, and development issues. In 2010 he spent one year at Barclays, as Head of International Economic Research. He is […]
Neil Meads is a Senior Economist in the IMF’s Strategy Policy and Review Department, working as Special Assistant to the Director and on the IMF’s team for Romania. Previously, he worked on strategic issues for the international monetary system, including SDRs, and has supported IMF work on Rwanda. Neil began his career at the Bank of England working on monetary […]
Small and medium-sized enterprises dominate the business landscape in the Middle East and North Africa region. These enterprises account for more than 90 percent of the region’s businesses and, in some countries, contribute as much as 50 percent of employment and 70 percent of GDP.
Yet they face impediments to growth, and their contribution to employment is below potential. […]
Where are all the women? It is a question we shouldn’t have to ask in 2020. But we do. Why? Because there are simply too few women in leadership positions all over the world. On the eve of International Women’s Day and as we approach the 100th anniversary of women getting […]
Making sure that opportunities to enter the workforce are fair and rewarding for women benefits everyone. Yet, the average female workforce participation rate across countries is still 20 percentage points lower than the male rate, largely because gender gaps in wages and access to opportunities, such as education, stubbornly persist. […]