Asia Needs More Access to Financial Services to Grow

By  Sarwat Jahan, Elena LoukoianovaCormac Sullivan and Yongzheng Yang

September 18, 2018

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A customer pays at a supermarket using her smartphone in Bangkok, Thailand: urban and rural areas in the region widely use mobile payment platforms to access financial services (photo: Li Mangmang Xinhua News Agency/Newscom)

In Asia, the world’s fastest-growing region, expanding access to financial services for more people will mean higher growth, as well as lower poverty and inequality. Continue reading “Asia Needs More Access to Financial Services to Grow” »

By | September 18th, 2018|Asia, banking, technology|

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|

Back to School Blogs

By IMFBlog

September 7, 2018 

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Girls on their first day of school: our latest blog helps you catch up on all the news of the summer (Shadi Jarar'ah/Newscom)

As your list of things to do gets longer and the days grow shorter, you know summer is fading, just like your tan.

To help you quickly catch up on the news and policy debates of the summer—if you live in the Northern Hemisphere—our editors have put together a list of our top reads on economics and finance.  Continue reading “Back to School Blogs” »

Chart of the Week: Invest in Robots and People in Asia

By IMFBlog

August 29, 2018

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An engineer adjusts a robot arm in a robotics plant in Shenyang, China, where industrial robots are widely used for manufacturing (photo: Yang Qing Xinhua News Agency/Newscom)

With about 1 million robots in use in Asia, robotics and automation mean economic risks and growth opportunities for the region. Continue reading “Chart of the Week: Invest in Robots and People in Asia” »

By | August 29th, 2018|Advanced Economies, Asia, labor markets, technology, unemployment, wages|

Chart of the Week: A Bumpy Road Ahead for Electric Cars

By Christian Bogmans and Lama Kiyasseh

August 13, 2018

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Electric car charging station in Berlin, Germany: prices for lithium and cobalt—key ingredients in rechargeable batteries—are rising due limited supply and growing demand for electric cars (photo: Jens Kalaene/Newscom)

The surge in demand for electric cars has been fueled in part by the falling costs of lithium-ion batteries—driven by technological progress—which power everything from electric cars to smartphones.   Continue reading “Chart of the Week: A Bumpy Road Ahead for Electric Cars” »

By | August 13th, 2018|Advanced Economies, 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|

Estimating Cyber Risk for the Financial Sector

By Christine Lagarde

June 22, 2018

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Average annual losses to financial institutions from cyber-attacks could reach a few hundred billion dollars a year (photo: Eti Ammos/iStock by Getty Images)

Cyber risk has emerged as a significant threat to the financial system. Continue reading “Estimating Cyber Risk for the Financial Sector” »

Chart of the Week: Japan’s Robots

By IMFBlog

June 12, 2018

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A Panasonic robot moves around the lounge of Tokyo's Narita International Airport (photo: Yoshio Tsunoda/AAFLO/Alamy Live News)

As Japan’s population ages and the birth rate is too low to sustain growth, the country is no stranger to coping with a limited number of working age people.  Continue reading “Chart of the Week: Japan’s Robots” »

By | June 12th, 2018|Advanced Economies, commodities, Economic research, Japan, technology|

Chart of the Week: The Rise of Corporate Giants

By Federico J. Díez and Daniel Leigh

June 6, 2018

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The market power of “superstar” companies in advanced economies is growing (photo: iStock by Getty Images)

The growing economic wealth and power of big companies—from airlines to pharmaceuticals to high-tech companies—has raised concerns about too much concentration and market power in the hands of too few. Continue reading “Chart of the Week: The Rise of Corporate Giants” »

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