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Chart of the Week: Global House Prices—Where Is the Boom?

By | March 27th, 2017|Advanced Economies, growth, housing, International Monetary Fund, refugees, Uncategorized|

By IMFBlog

Versions in عربي (Arabic), 中文 (Chinese), Français (French), Русский (Russian), and Español (Spanish)

While house prices around the world have rebounded over the last four years, a closer look reveals that this uptick is dependent on three things: location, location, location.

The IMF’s Global House Price Index—an average of real house prices across countries—has been rising for the past four years. However, house prices are not rising in every country. As noted in our November 2016 Quarterly Update, house price developments in the countries that make up the index fall into three clusters: gloom, bust and boom, and boomContinue reading “Chart of the Week: Global House Prices—Where Is the Boom?” »

David Lipton

By | March 23rd, 2017|

Event onlyDavid Lipton is the IMF's First Deputy Managing Director, a position he has held since 2011. Prior to joining the IMF, he was Special Assistant to President Clinton, and served as Senior Director for International Economic Affairs at the National Economic Council and the National Security Council at the White House. He also served in the Clinton Administration first as Assistant Secretary, then as Undersecretary of the Treasury for International Affairs. Before that, he was a managing director at Citi, and has held senior positions at Moore Capital Management, a global hedge fund, and at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He was also a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center of Scholars.

From 1989 to 1992, Mr. Lipton teamed with Professor Jeffrey Sachs, then at Harvard University, to serve as economic advisers to the governments of Russia, Poland, and Slovenia during their transitions to capitalism.

Mr. Lipton holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from Harvard University, and a B.A. from Wesleyan University.


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Why Productivity Growth is Faltering in Aging Europe and Japan

By | December 9th, 2016|Advanced Economies, growth, health, International Monetary Fund, Jobs|

By iMFdirect

Many countries are experiencing a combination of declining birth rates and increasing longevity. In other words, their populations are aging. And graying populations pose serious issues for people, policymakers, and society.  Continue reading “Why Productivity Growth is Faltering in Aging Europe and Japan” »

Emigration Slows Eastern Europe’s Catch Up With the West

By | July 20th, 2016|Advanced Economies, Economic research, Employment, euro zone, growth, income, Inequality, International Monetary Fund, Migration, refugees, Uncategorized, unemployment|

By Nadeem Ilahi, Anna Ilyina, and Daria Zakharova
(Versions in: Bulgarian, Czech, Estonian, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, and Slovenian)

The opening up of Eastern Europe to the rest of the world in the early 1990s brought about tremendous benefits. The inflow of capital and innovation has led to better institutions, better economic management, and higher efficiency. On the flip side, it has also led to sizable and persistent outflow of people.

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Daria Zakharova

By | June 15th, 2016|

Daria Zakharova-personalpicDaria Zakharova heads the Poland-Baltics Unit in the IMF’s European Department, and is Mission Chief for Poland. She previously led missions to Slovenia, Iceland, and Slovakia. Her research interests span a broad range of issues, including economic growth, fiscal and monetary policy and institutions, and capital flow management. She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining the IMF in 2000, she worked as an associate analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.

Central, Eastern, and South-Eastern Europe: Safeguarding the Recovery as the Global Liquidity Tide Recedes

By | April 29th, 2014|Advanced Economies, Economic Crisis, Economic outlook, Economic research, Employment, Europe, Financial Crisis, growth, IMF, International Monetary Fund, Uncategorized|

By Reza Moghadam, Aasim M. Husain, and Anna Ilyina

(Version in Türk)

Growth is gathering momentum in most of Central, Eastern, and South-Eastern Europe (CESEE) in the wake of the recovery in the euro area. Excluding the largest economies—Russia and Turkey—the IMF’s latest Regional Economic Issues report  projects the region to grow 2.3 percent in 2014, almost twice last year’s pace. This is certainly good news.

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Lagarde: Great Transitions in the Global Economy

By | October 10th, 2013|International Monetary Fund, Uncategorized|

By iMFdirect

Christine Lagarde held a press conference this morning and covered a lot of ground.

The IMF Managing Director wants policymakers to energize the global economic recovery that is too slow and too unbalanced.

Two main transitions are taking place in the global economy. First, Advanced economies are strengthening, while emerging market economies are growing slower. Second, the world is moving to a different kind of financial sector.

Countries need to manage this process, which will take some time, with stronger policies to make growth more inclusive and sustainable, and the financial system more stable.

Lagarde fielded questions on the IMF’s governance reforms, the global impact of a failure to raise the U.S. debt ceiling, China, Greece, Portugal, Nigeria, Spain, Slovenia, and Egypt.

Find out the who, why and how and watch the press conference.

Lost & Found in Eastern Europe: Replacing Funding by Western Europe’s Banks

By | June 13th, 2012|Advanced Economies, Economic Crisis, Emerging Markets, Finance, growth, IMF, International Monetary Fund|

There is little doubt the era of generous funding from Western Europe's banks to their subsidiaries in the East is over, but this doens't have to translate into a reduction of bank credit in the emerging economies of Europe. The IMF's latest analysis shows an increase in local deposits in most countries of the region has offset the withdrawal of funding from Western Europe.

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