Chart of the Week: Bye Bye Baby—How Crises Affect Fertility Rates

By IMFBlog

November 13, 2018

Increasing access to affordable and high-quality childcare can make it easier for families to have more children (photo: Franziska Kraufmann/dpa/Newscom)

The global financial crisis a decade ago and the resulting recession left long-lasting scars on future growth in more ways than one. Continue reading “Chart of the Week: Bye Bye Baby—How Crises Affect Fertility Rates” »

The Wealth of Nations: Governments Can Better Manage What They Own and Owe

By Vitor Gaspar, Jason Harris, and Alexander Tieman

October 10, 2018

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A firefighter in Auckland, New Zealand: when governments know what they own they can put their assets to better use and can earn about 3 percent of GDP more in revenues to spend on citizens’ well being (Photo: Rafael Ben-Ari/Newscom)

What is the state of your personal finances? You probably think first about your debts: your mortgage, your credit card balance, and your student loans. But you probably also think about how much cash is sitting in the bank, the value of your house, and the rest of your nest egg.

Surprisingly, most governments do not approach their finances this way. Continue reading “The Wealth of Nations: Governments Can Better Manage What They Own and Owe” »

Welcome to e-Estonia: Where Virtual Residents Outnumber Newborns

By IMFBlog

September 14, 2018

Skype headquarters, Tallinn, Estonia: Skype was created in Estonia in 2003 (ebolyukh/iStock by Getty Images)

Estonians jokingly refer to themselves as e-Estonians, says Siim Sikkut, Estonia’s Chief Information Officer. But if ever a nickname were spot on, this might be it. Continue reading “Welcome to e-Estonia: Where Virtual Residents Outnumber Newborns” »

By | September 14th, 2018|productivity, technology|

Chart of the Week: The Spread of Ideas and Innovation

By IMFBlog

July 30, 2018 

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Young woman watches robotic fish in Gangneung, South Korea: the spread of knowledge and technology across counties has intensified because of globalization (photo: Richard Ellis/UPI/Newscom).

Globalization has accelerated the spread of knowledge and technology across borders. This has helped to increase productivity and potential growth in many countries and at the global level. Continue reading “Chart of the Week: The Spread of Ideas and Innovation” »

By | July 30th, 2018|Globalization, productivity, technology, Uncategorized|

Chart of the Week: An Answer to the U.S. Wage Puzzle

By Yasser Abdih

July 10, 2018

Hiring is strong, but workers still aren’t seeing big raises (photo: Kutay Tanir/Getty Images by iStock).

Wages in the US have grown slowly in recent years, even as the unemployment rate has fallen to the lowest levels in decades. Continue reading “Chart of the Week: An Answer to the U.S. Wage Puzzle” »

By | July 10th, 2018|Advanced Economies, labor markets, productivity, U.S., unemployment, wages|

Chart of the Week: The Productivity Penalty: World Cup Winners and Losers

By IMFBlog

July 2, 2018 

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Football fans in São Paulo, Brazil watch their team play in the World Cup in Russia (photo: Fotoarena/Newscom)

The World Cup and productivity.  Two of our favorite topics, together in one chart.   Continue reading “Chart of the Week: The Productivity Penalty: World Cup Winners and Losers” »

By | July 2nd, 2018|labor markets, productivity|

Malta’s Good Bet

By IMFBlog

May 7, 2018

Marsaxlokk Harbor, Malta. Not only tourist paradise: the country’s economy makes profits on the betting and gambling industry (photo: iStockPhoto/Andrey Danilovich).

Known mostly for its azure seas and spectacular old towns, Malta has also become a hub for gambling and betting companies: nowhere else in the European Union does this sector account for such a large part of the economy as on the island south of Sicily in the Mediterranean Sea. While the gambling and betting boom contributes to the country’s trade balance and job creation, it also draws attention to a skills shortage and infrastructure gaps the sector is grappling with, a recent IMF paper shows. Continue reading “Malta’s Good Bet” »

Technology and the Future of Work

By Adrian Peralta, and Agustin Roitman

May 1, 2018 

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Technology impacts how we work (photo: BSIP/Newscom).

Many feel anxious about the impact of new technology on their jobs. This is not new. In fact, it dates back at least to the Luddites movement at the outset of the Industrial Revolution. And it resurfaced during the Great Depression and again in the 1960s, following a period of high productivity growth, and in the 1980s at the outset of the IT revolution.

How can governments help? By investing in peoples’ skills. Continue reading “Technology and the Future of Work” »

Wanted: Policies to Encourage and Enable Work in Advanced Economies

By Francesco Grigoli, Zsóka Kóczán, and Petia Topalova

April 9, 2018 

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Aging may slow economic growth in advanced economies (photo: Zero Creatives Cultura/Newscom).

Population growth in advanced economies is slowing, life expectancy is rising, and the number of elderly people is soaring. Because older workers participate less in the labor market, the aging of the population could slow growth and, in many cases, threaten the sustainability of social security systems. But, as our research in Chapter 2 of the April 2018 World Economic Outlook shows, there is considerable scope for policies to mitigate the forces of aging by enabling those who are willing to work to do so. Continue reading “Wanted: Policies to Encourage and Enable Work in Advanced Economies” »

The Decline in Manufacturing Jobs: Not Necessarily a Cause for Concern

By Bertrand Gruss and Natalija Novta

April 9, 2018

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Textile manufacturing plant in Recife, Brazil: in many countries, the share of manufacturing jobs is declining (photo: Ingram Publishing/Newscom).

Manufacturing jobs are waning. In many emerging market and developing economies, workers are shifting from agriculture to services, bypassing the manufacturing sector. In advanced economies, the rise in service sector employment typically reflects the outright disappearance of manufacturing jobs. Continue reading “The Decline in Manufacturing Jobs: Not Necessarily a Cause for Concern” »

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